Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems while managing diseases, injuries and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed, promote eye health and counsel patients on how general health can affect eyesight.

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Students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree should complete an undergraduate degree; a bachelor of science may be required. Typical pre-requisite courses** include:

  • Two semesters of general biology and lab
  • Two semesters of general chemistry and lab
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry and lab
  • Two semesters of physics and lab
  • Two semesters of Math
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology 
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Immunology*
  • Psychology*

*Required by select schools

For a more in-depth list of required coursework consult our guide: Pre-Optometry Curriculum

**It is a student's responsibility to check with individual programs regarding the coursework needed to matriculate at their institution.

Being a competitive applicant:

Students completing applications for Doctor of Optometry programs are generally competitive only if they maintain a GPA (in the sciences and all other areas) above 3.4.

Use our GPA Calculator Spreadsheet to see where you stand.  

If you are an international applicant we encourage you to check with individual programs on specific admissions requirements.