Pre-Optometry Studies

The minimum admission requirements for optometry schools in Texas and throughout the United States include an earned bachelor’s degree with the following: 20 semester hours of introductory and advanced biology; 8 semester hours of general chemistry; 8 semester hours of organic chemistry; 4 semester hours of biochemistry; 6 semester hours of English composition; 6-9 semester hours of mathematics; 8 semester hours of general physics; and 7 semester hours of psychology.  For the student who intends to finish a baccalaureate degree in four years and afterward enter directly into professional school, the pre-optometry curriculum, Optometry Admission Test scores, and supporting application materials should be submitted by the end of the junior year of college. The successful applicants should strive for an above average overall grade point average (3.25+) and a relatively high Optometry Admission Test score (300+) while also demonstrating effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to handle a demanding course load. To learn more about preparing for a career in optometry, review the following curriculum suggestions, professional resources, and virtual links to optometry schools in Texas.

Curriculum Suggestions   pre-optometry program of study

Professional Resources
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
http://www.opted.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
Optometry Centralized Application Service
http://www.optomcas.org/overview
Optometry Admission Test
http://www.opted.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

 Optometry Schools in Texas
University of Houston College of Optometry
http://www.opt.uh.edu/
University of the Incarnate Word-Rosenberg School of Optometry
http://www.uiw.edu/optometry/