School & College Prerequisites

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS for most optometry programs include at least one year of Biology or Zoology, General Chemistry, General Physics, English and College Math. Contact the schools or colleges directly by visiting their websites to confirm prerequisite courses and to learn whether AP credits and/or on‐line credits are accepted to complete prerequisites.

ADDITIONAL SCHOOL-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:

SCHOOL CALC ANAT PHYSIO ORGAN CHEM BIOCHEM MICRO STATS PSYCH SHADOWING
ALABAMA

University of Alabama at
Birmingham School of Optometry

1 course SR SR 1 sem or
2 qtrs w/lab
1 course 1 course 1 course 1 course Req 40 hrs
ARIZONA

Midwestern University,
Arizona College of Optometry

 1 course  1 course1  1 course1  1 course
w/lab
 1 course 1 course  1 course  1 course SR
CALIFORNIA

Southern California College
of Optometry
at Marshall B. Ketchum University

1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr/
no lab required1
1 sem or
1 qtr/
no lab required1
1 sem or
1 qtr/no lab required
1 sem or
1 qtr/no lab required
1 sem or
1 qtr/lab
1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
REC
CALIFORNIA

University of California, Berkeley,
School of Optometry
2

1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr, lab SR
 1 sem or
1 qtr w/lab
1 sem or
1 qtr w/lab
1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
SR
CALIFORNIA

Western University of Health
Sciences, College of Optometry

1 course  1 course3  1 course3 1 course
w/lab
1 course 1 course
w/lab
1 course 1 course SR
FLORIDA

Nova Southeastern University
College of Optometry

1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs4
1 sem or
2 qtrs4
1 sem or
2 qtrs w/lab
1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
SR SR SR
ILLINOIS

Chicago College of Optometry,
Midwestern University

1 course 1 course1 1 course1 1 course w/lab 1 course 1 course 1 course 1 course REC
ILLINOIS

Illinois College of Optometry

1 course REC REC 1 course REC 1 course w/lab 1 course 1 course SR
INDIANA

Indiana University
School of Optometry

1 course of
College Math
SR SR 1 course
(2nd course REC)
1 course   
1 course
w/lab
1 course 1 course SR
KENTUCKY

University of Pikeville
Kentucky College of Optometry

1  or 2 sem
College Math
SR
(Jr. or Sr.
level only)
SR
(Jr. or Sr.
level only)
1 course
w/lab
SR SR SR 1 course SR
MASSACHUSETTS

MCPHS University
School of Optometry

1 course REC REC 1 course REC 1 course 1 course 1 course REC
MASSACHUSETTS

The New England College
of Optometry

1 course REC REC 1 course
w/lab
1 course 1 course 1 course 1 course SR
MICHIGAN

Michigan College of Optometry
at Ferris State University

1 sem or
2 qtrs5
 REC  REC 1 yr w/lab 1 sem or
2 qtrs6
1 course
w/lab
1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
SR
Req 20 hrs
Early Adm Prog
only
MISSOURI

University of Missouri-St. Louis

1 sem or
1 qtr
 SR  SR 1 sem or
2 qtrs w/lab
 SR 1 sem or
1 qtr w/lab
1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
SR 20 hrs
or more
NEW YORK

State University of New York
State College of Optometry

1 sem or
1 qtr
 REC REC 2 sems or
3 qtrs w/lab7
 REC7 REC 1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
Required
OKLAHOMA

Northeastern State University
College of Optometry

 1 sem5  SR  SR  1 sem w/lab  1 sem6  1 sem  1 sem  1 sem SR 30+ hrs
OHIO

The Ohio State University
College of Optometry

1 course  SR 1 course8 1 course 1 course8 1 course
w/lab
 SR 1 course Min 10 hrs
with 2 ODs
OREGON

Pacific University
College of Optometry

1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem
w/lab
1 sem
w/lab
See below9  See below9 1 sem or
1 qtr w/lab
1 sem or
1 qtr
1 sem or
1 qtr
SR 10+ hrs
PENNSYLVANIA

Salus University
Pennsylvania College of Optometry

 SR10  REC  REC See below11 See below11 1 sem or
2 qtrs
w/lab
1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
Req 25 hrs,
Optometry or Ophthalmology
PUERTO RICO

Inter American University
of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

1 sem or
2 qtrs
 REC REC 1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
1 sem or
2 qtrs
TENNESSEE

Southern College
of Optometry

1 course  SR  SR 1 course
w/lab
1 course12 1 course
w/lab13
 1 course  1 course Min 30 hrs
in at least 2 settings
TEXAS

University of Houston
College of Optometry

1 course See below14
 See below14 1 course
w/lab
 1 course 1 course
w/lab
 1 course  1 course SR
TEXAS

University of the Incarnate Word
School of Optometry

1 course 1 course15 course15 1 course
w/ lab16
1 course17 1 course
w/lab13
1 course 1 course 40 hrs with OD

qtr = quarter; sem = semester; REC = Recommended; SR = Strongly Recommended; Req = Required

  1. Separate anatomy/physiology courses or combined anatomy and physiology I, II courses are acceptable.
  2. One semester or one quarter of immunology (w/o lab) is required.
  3. If a combined A&P course, it must be at least 4 semester or 6 quarter units. A lab is not required.
  4. If a combined anatomy/physiology course is not taken, separate courses in anatomy and physiology must be taken.
  5. Calculus I or its equivalent is required, not brief calculus or elements of calculus
  6. For institutions with multiple levels of biochemistry offered, the more stringent biochemistry course is required.
  7. One course in biochem can substitute for one course of either general or organic chemistry.
  8. If school spreads material over two courses, then both courses are required.
  9. Organic chemistry – standard one year course sequence with lab or one semester of organic chemistry with lab combined with one semester of biochemistry with lab if one is offered.
  10. Onesemester of calculus will fulfill one year college math requirement.
  11. One semester of organic chemistry I with lab and one semester of organic chemistry II with lab are required. Biochem or molecular biology (lab highly recommended) may substitute for organic chemistry II.
  12. Upper‐level molecular biology can substitute for biochem.
  13. Bacteriology can substitute for microbiology.
  14. Eight hours of junior‐/senior‐level human biological sciences are required; a minimum of three hours must be anatomy and physiology. Freshman‐/sophomore‐level A&P will not satisfy this requirement.
  15. 1 course Human Anatomy and/or Human Physiology w/lab required.One semester of any of the following courses with lab may substitute: Biology II, Cell Biology or Genetics.
  16. Two semesters gen chemistry and one semester org chemistry are required.
  17. Molecular biology can substitute for biochem.