Doctors of Optometry (O.D.) provide the major portion of vision care in the United States. Optometrists are health care professionals who are specifically educated, clinically trained and licensed to examine the eyes, diagnose problems and provide treatment. They examine the eyes for the presence of vision problems, eye diseases and other abnormalities. Optometry school is four years in length. The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) is required of all applicants.

Minimum Required Courses

  • Biology
    BIO 123 General Biology
    BIO 222 Cell and Molecular Biology
    BIO 325 Microbiology
    BIO 363-364 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry
    CHM 111-112 General Chemistry
    CHM 201-202 Organic Chemistry
    CHM 415 Biochemistry
  • Physics
    PHY 101-102 General Physics
  • Psychology
    PSY 101 General Psychology
  • English
    ENG 101 Expository Writing
  • Mathematics
    MTH 121 Elementary Functions
    MTH 222 Calculus
  • Humanities
    2 semesters
  • Sociology or Anthropology
    2 semesters

Special Considerations

  • Additional Courses
    • BIO 403 Cadaver Prosection
    • MTH 210 Elementary Statistics
  • Shadowing experience

Admissions Test

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) -- Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Home Page


  • Apply to programs directly
    • Check individual programs for application requirements
  • What schools look for:
    • the interview
    • undergraduate course work
    • grades
    • knowledge of profession
    • interpersonal communications skills

Useful links

Ohio Optometry Program