Welcome to pre-optometry!  We are excited that you have your sights set on becoming an optometrist.  You have a long road ahead of you but we are here to help.  We will provide information and support as you take the pre-requisite courses up until you start the application and testing process.


▼   Requirements for Optometry School
  • Most optometry schools require the following courses:
      • General Chemistry I and II and labs

      • Organic Chemistry I and II and labs

      • General Biology I and II and labs

      • At least one upper level biology course

      • Physics I and II and labs (either alg/trig based or calculus based)

      • Microbiology

      • Calculus I

      • Introduction to Psychology

      • Introduction to Statistics

      • English Composition I and II

  • Some schools require other science, math and and/or behavioral sciences.  It is important that you research the requirements for those schools in which you are interested.  Your pre-health advisor can help you with this research.
  • Specific requirements for some area schools can be found at the following links:
  • University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry
  • Nova Southeastern College of Optometry

There are 22 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) maintains a detailed list of requirements by program.

▼   International Students and Optometry School


Useful links for Pre-Optometry

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

ASCO Member Schools and Colleges

American Optometric Student Association

American Optometric Association

National Optometric Association