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
  • A median score of 300 in each of the six categories of the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

All courses must have been completed within 10 years from the time you hope to start the Doctor of Optometry program. OAT scores are valid for three years; however, there is no limit to the amount of times you may take the test.

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 and higher OAT scores.

See early admission prerequisites
Recommended courses
Subject areaMinimum credit hoursComparable IU courses
Vertebrate or human anatomy, with lab*4ANAT-A 215
Physiology, with lab*4PHYL-P 215
Small business management1 semesterBUS-X 100
Medical terminology1 semesterCLAS-C 209
Histology1 semesterANAT-A 464
Ethics1 semesterPHIL-P 140
Independent research490 series

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