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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, 培训, and experience. You'll help your patients care for and maintain one of our most important human senses—vision 和视力.

To become an optometrist, you will need to complete a four-year Doctor of 验光 (OD) degree. According to the Association of Schools and Colleges of 验光 (ASCO), there are 23 optometry schools in the United States, including the Indiana University School of 验光. Admission to optometry schools is competitive. Having a good GPA and related academic accomplishments combined 与 applying to multiple schools is the best way to ensure you'll be accepted.

Pre-Requisite 课程s

The following table includes the minimum-requisite courses for Doctor of 验光 programs in the US; however, many schools have additional recommended courses. Students should work 与 their advisor to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion.

Introductory 生物学Two, w/labBIO203 and BIO204
Microbiology一个, w/labBIO214 or BIO340
Human Anatomy一个, w/labBIO225
Human Physiology一个, w/labBIO226 or BIO334
Biochemistry一个BIO310 or BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L
General ChemistryTwo, w/labCHE140/141L and CHE142/143L
Organic ChemistryTwo, w/labCHE305 and CHE306
General 物理一个PHY110 and PHY111
Statistics一个BIO205 or MAT130
Behavioral Sciences

Preparing a Competitive Application

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 与 your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.

A competitive candidate will generally:

  • Demonstrate strong academic performance in all courses (GPA 3.4 or higher)
  • Score well on the 验光 Admission Test (OAT)
  • Demonstrate extensive familiarity 与 the field of optometry to gain an understanding of the expectations of the profession
    • Shadow several optometrists to gain a realistic view of the responsibilities of an optometrist
    • Gain extensive direct patient care experience through volunteering or a paid position
    • Get involved in community service, volunteerism, and co-curricular activities
    • Seek leadership opportunities in clubs, organizations, church, or sports
    • Conduct independent research to better understand the scientific literature
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work 与 a diverse group of people, and a desire to help others

Want to Know More?

Trisha Staab, Ph.D.
Director of Pre-Medicine and Pre-Health Professions
(317) 955-6544

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(317) 955-6300
(800) 772-7264

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