There are 19 optometry schools in North America. Optometrists are trained to examine, diagnose, and treat many conditions related to the visual system. ODs can prescribe medication for the eye.
Most students earn a bachelor’s degree before being admitted to schools of optometry. Students successfully completing the 4 year program graduate with an OD (Doctor of Optometry) degree. Admission is competitive.
LC offers prerequisite courses, but does not offer a program in optometry.
The course requirements for optometry school are the same as for medical school. (See the relevant section.) Some schools require psychology, calculus, statistics, biochemistry, microbiology, speech, and/or business management. The average undergraduate GPA for entering optometry students was about 3.3.
Optometry schools look favorably on applicants who have some clinical experience in a health care setting.
Students planning to enter optometry school must take the OAT (Optometry Admissions Test). The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is administered by computer, and may be taken multiple times, as long as 90 days pass between tests. The average score of matriculants into optometry school was 330. The OAT covers biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.