The American Optometric Association defines doctor of optometry as an independent primary health care provider for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the eyes, visual systems, and associated structures affecting the eye. Doctors of Optometry can prescribe medication, spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and perform certain surgical procedures.
Currently there are 20 optometry programs in the continental United States.
How do I apply to optometry programs?
Students apply to optometry school through a centralized application system called Optometry Centralized Application System (OptomCAS).
Similar to the common application for undergraduate school, students can apply to any of the optometry programs in the U.S. through a single application on the OptomCAS. The OptomCAS opens late June/early July.
As of 2016, the OptomCAS application cost: $165.00 for one school + $65 for each additional school.
What are the prerequisites for optometry school?
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.
|Anatomy and Physiology Part A and B
|Biology with lab
|General Chemistry with lab
|Organic Chemistry with lab
|Physics with lab
Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year
Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.
Below is a sample timeline for a Biological Sciences Major. Please be aware that Optometry programs do not require or prefer a specifc major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. For more information about a specific schools program, contact that program directly or visit the ASCO