Optometrists are doctors who specialize in the human eye and related components of our visual systems. They diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and eye disorders. They perform annual eye examinations and prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, and treatments. Being an optometrist is a rewarding career that requires extensive knowledge, training, and experience. You'll help your patients care for and maintain one of our most important human senses—vision and sight.
To become an optometrist, you will need to complete a four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. According to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), there are 23 optometry schools in the United States, including the Indiana University School of Optometry. Admission to optometry schools is competitive. Having a good GPA and related academic accomplishments combined with applying to multiple schools is the best way to ensure you'll be accepted.
The following table includes the minimum-requisite courses for Doctor of Optometry programs in the US; however, many schools have additional recommended courses. Students should work with their advisor to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion.
|Introductory Biology||Two, w/lab||BIO203 and BIO204|
|Microbiology||One, w/lab||BIO214 or BIO340|
|Human Anatomy||One, w/lab||BIO225|
|Human Physiology||One, w/lab||BIO226 or BIO334|
|Biochemistry||One||BIO310 or BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L|
|General Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L|
|Organic Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE305 and CHE306|
|General Physics||One||PHY110 and PHY111|
|Statistics||One||BIO205 or MAT130|
Since optometry programs are quite diverse in their application requirements, students should thoroughly explore the requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
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