Prerequisites

Before you apply

For admission to the Doctor of Optometry program, you must have:

  • At least 90 college credit hours, from the list of required courses
  • All courses must have been completed within 10 years from the time you hope to start the Doctor of Optometry program.

Early admission

A bachelor’s degree is highly recommended. For early admission to the program, without a bachelor’s degree, we require more college credit hours.

See early admission prerequisites

Required courses

The following courses must be completed at an accredited institution, with a grade of C or higher, by the time you enter the IU School of Optometry.

All course requirements are considered absolute minimums, which must be met or exceeded. Of the 90 credit hours required, at least 20 must be at the 300–400 level. A maximum of 60 credit hours may be taken at a junior college. Up to 10 credits of AP/CLEP coursework is accepted. None of the specified courses may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Course requirements

Subject Area

Minimum Semesters or Quarters Required

Comparable IU Courses

Biology/Zoology

 

 

Introductory, w/lab

One Semester /
1 Quarter

BIOL-L 112 and L 113

Advanced (animal or developmental, 200+ level)

One Semester /
1 Quarter

See recommended list on back

Microbiology w/lab

One Semester /
1 Quarter

BIOL-M 250/M 315 or M 380/M 315

Chemistry

 

 

General/Inorganic, w/lab

Two Semesters /
3 Quarters

CHEM-C 1171 /C 127 and N 331 and N3372 or C 118

Organic (lab recommended. C 342 also recommended)

One Semester /
1 Quarter

CHEM-C 341

Biochemistry

One Semester /
1 Quarter

CHEM-C 383, 483 (484 for Biochem majors) or BIOL-M 350 (for Microbiology majors only)

Mathematics (one course)

One Semester /
1 Quarter

Any course or courses fulfilling IU Math Modeling Requirements3

Physics—General

Two Semesters /
3 Quarters

PHYS-P 201 and P 202

Statistical Techniques

One Semester /
1 Quarter

STAT-S 300, or S303; PSY-K 300 or K 310; SPEA-K 300;  ECON-E 370;  MATH-K 310; SPH-Q381

Psychology—Introductory

One Semester /
1 Quarter

PSY-P 101 or 106

Writing Skills

English Composition4

One Semester /
1 Quarter

ENG-W 131 or W 132

Additional intensive writing course5

One Semester /
1 Quarter

Intensive Writing Requirement

Strongly Recommended Courses

Subject Area

Comparable IU Courses

Advanced Biology

 

Vertebrate or Human Anatomy with lab/Histology

ANAT-A 215 or A 464

Physiology with lab

PHSL-P 215

Other Recommended Elective Courses

Subject Area

Comparable IU Courses

Anatomy& Physiology of the Eye

TOPT-V 201

Cell Biology

BIOL-L 311

Neuroscience

PSY-P 337 or PSY-P 346

Sensation and Perception

PSY-P 329

Sensory Processes

PSY-P 349

Immunology

BIOL-L 321

Genetics

BIOL-L 331

IntroBusinessAdministration

BUS-X 100

SmallBusinessManagement

BUS-W 300 (P: BUS-A 200)

Medical Terminology

CLAS-C 209

Ethics

PHIL-P 140

IndependentResearch

490 series

Introductionto Anatomy & Physiology

MSCI-M115

1Chem C105/C125 may be substituted for C117/C127; however, students with C105/125 credit who are planning to take C341 on the IU Bloomington campus are strongly encouraged to take C117/C127 before taking C341.

2Chem C106/C126 may be substituted for C118 but not for N331/337.

3Any math course(s) that fulfill(s) the Math Modeling requirement for IUB’s General Education Program will be accepted; see https://gened.iub.edu/courses/mathmodelingcourses.html.

4A minimum SAT Critical Reading score of 670 or ACT English score of 32 will exempt the student (without credit) from the requirement. Other means of completing the composition requirement exist. Consult the IUB College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin for details on these options.

5Specific Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Studies courses may count toward both the distribution requirements and the intensive writing requirement.

6A minimum of two courses is required for each. For departments in this area, consult the IUB College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at https://bulletins.iu.edu/iu/optometry/2021-2023.

7This requirement for an IU Bachelor of Science in Optometry may be met by placement examination. Students who have completed two or more years of a single foreign language in high school with an average grade of C or above, or have completed a bachelor’s degree at another institution, are exempt from this requirement. (Note: Variation exists among academic divisions of the university in basic foreign language requirements and exemption policies. Consult the appropriate bulletin for foreign language requirements.)

Contact the Office of Student Administration

For Doctor of Optometry program admission questions or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Office of Student Administration
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue
Second Floor
Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: 812-855-1917
Fax: 812-855-4389
Email: iubopt@indiana.edu

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