Optometrists provide primary vision health care. Doctors of Optometry
examine eyes for vision problems, disease and other abnormal
conditions and they test for proper depth and color perception and the ability
to focus and coordinate the eyes.
Admission requirements vary from school to school. Check with schools of interest to you to obtain current information. Preference is given to applicants with baccalaureate or higher degrees. Selection for interview is based on competitive scores on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and letters of recommendation from the preoptometry advisor and an optometrist. Applications may be submitted one year prior to the expected entry date in August. Applications are processed as they are received and acceptances are offered on a rolling admissions basis, thus early application is encouraged.
Optometry Admission Testing Program (OAT)
Depending on the completion of prerequisite science courses, students may choose to take the OAT as early as February of their junior year. If the student scores well on the test, the student can submit a complete application at an earlier date than other students. Most students take the test in October of their senior year. It is suggested that students that score a 310 or below retake the test.
Optometry Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
REGIONAL OPTOMETRY SCHOOLS
- Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104-2222
- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
The Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
- Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Water Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405