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Pre-Optometry Program

Pre-Optometry

Admission requirements vary by institution so you should research programs of interest.  A program-specific guide can be accessed here


In general, requirements include:

  • 1 year general biology
  • 1 year general chemistry
  • 1 year organic chemistry
  • 1 year introductory or general physics
  • 1 year English
  • Courses in social sciences or humanities

Application Timeline:

Optometry school directly after Messiah College:

  • Required courses must be completed by end of senior year (although preference may be given to applicants who complete the required courses sooner)
  • Apply during summer between junior and senior year.

Standardized Test:

  • The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is required by all schools of Optometry http://www.ada.org/en/oat
  • The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics and Quantitative Reasoning.
  • The OAT is administered at Prometric Test Centers several times each year.

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