Roanoke College

Preparing for a Career in Optometry

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Admission to optometry schools is highly competitive; one should have at least a 3.3 grade point average, positive letters of reference, and satisfactory to excellent scores on the OAT admission test.

Undergraduate Preparation:

Undergraduate students can major in any academic discipline, but most optometry schools require the following courses be completed for admission. A listing of pre-requisites for each program is important to research.

  • 2 semesters of general biology (with lab)
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (with lab)
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry (with lab)
  • 2 semesters of physics (with lab)
  • 2 semesters of English
  • Mathematics (through calculus, including statistics)

Additional recommended course work:

  • Behavioral sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Public Speaking

As early as possible, students should contact schools that interest them to request information about each specific program and admission requirements. Additionally, most schools require applicants to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).