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Preparation for Optometry School

What should I major in if I want to go to Optometry school? There is not a specific major that is required for admittance in an optometry program. However, most optometry schools are science intensive (biology or chemistry). With your advisor’s assistance you can design a program that meets the requirements to enter an optometry school while studying what you are most interested in. Students who have developed excellent writing and speaking skills, possess analytic and synthetic thinking ability, are life-long learners who are enthusiastic, and understand the interpersonal aspects of medicine are they type of students most optometry schools seek. Your major does not determine your success in being accepted to optometry school.

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Undergraduate Preparation

The “pre-optometry” checklist is a beginning point for students. There are certain criteria that must be fulfilled for admittance to optometry school. You and your academic advisor will need to examine your interests, your academic record and the requirements to determine the best academic path for you. Most schools require pre-professional level science courses; brief survey courses in the sciences usually do not prepare you for optometry school. According to Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry the following is a guide of suggested pre-requisite courses:


Requirements of Most Optometry Schools

Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the optometry schools you are interested in attending to insure you will meet all their criteria for admission. Some basic factors common to all professional schools include:

Links to Optometry Schools in the Area