Preparing for Optometry School

Most Albany students will enter a Doctor of Optometry (OD) program after graduation.  We recommend that students follow the pre-health curriculum listed on our website.

The following list should serve as a general guideline only since program requirements vary:

Common Course Requirements

General Biology w/labs                                                                       2 semesters
General Chemistry w/labs                                                                   2 semesters
Organic Chemistry w/labs                                                                   2 semesters
Physics w/labs                                                                                     2 semesters
Statistics/Calculus                                                                               1-2 semesters
English Composition                                                                           1-2 semesters

Additional Courses depending on the program:

Public Speaking

Common Admissions Requirements:

OAT (Optometry Admission Test) test scores are required
Pre-health Committee interview/evaluation is highly recommended for most optometry schools – Review:
3-4 Letters of recommendation (at least one from an optometrist)
Minimum GPA of 3.00 + (In 2011, overall GPA range from 3.2 -3.6)
Community service and volunteer/work experience in a health care setting

How to Apply:

OPTOMCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service) is the central application service
Application cycle opens in June. Deadlines will vary so check with schools’ websites.
For more information about careers in optometry visit:  Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) visit:

Are you looking for the requirements for our Joint Biology/Optometry Program with SUNY State College of Optometry?





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