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The American Optometric Association defines doctor of optometry as an independent primary health care provider for the eye. Doctors of optometry (ODs) examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the eyes, visual systems, and associated structures affecting the eye. Optometrists can prescribe medication, spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and perform certain surgical procedures.
Currently there are 22 optometry programs in the continental United States.
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.Cost: The OptomCAS application cost: $185.00 for one school + $70.00 for each additional school.
Optometry programs require students to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).
Cost: The OAT costs $505.00
Fee Assistance Information
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.
Illinois College of Optometry
Ferris State University
The Ohio State University
University of Missouri - St. Louis
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.
University of Houston College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry
National Average Cumulative GPA: 3.48National Average OAT Score: 326
Doctor of Optometry Timeline and Checklist.pdf