Pre-Optometry Program

Minimal Requirements for Entrance

  • General Biology or Zoology (8 hours)
  • Cell Biology with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • General Chemistry 1142, 1143 with lab (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry 3342, 3343 with lab (8 hours)
  • General Physics 2252, 2253 with lab (8 hours)
  • Math 1125 (Calculus)
  • English (10 hours)
  • Statistics (one semester)
  • Psychology* (6 hours)
  • Behavioral Science**

*A statistics course taken in a psychology department may not be counted for fulfillment of the psychology requirement.

**Any combination of 2 semesters in sociology, economics, anthropology, history, political science, or additional psychology.

Optometry Schools in Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Optometry/The Medical Center
(205) 934-6150
UAB School of Optometry

Education Required

Minimum requirement is 3 years of college; majority of applicants have a 4 year college degree. Candidates with a bachelor's degree are given preferential consideration.

Degree / Major

Any major is acceptable as long as you meet the minimal entrance requirements. Preferred majors include Biology, Psychology, or Physical Sciences.

The following courses are strongly recommended:

  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Anatomy
  • History
  • Physiology
  • Sociology

Admission Test

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
Optometry Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1840
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-2500

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Optometry Admission Testing Program
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 514
Rockville, MD 20852

Application Services

Student Affairs Office
The School of Optometry/The Medical Center
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
UAB Station
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-6150

AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
Suite 405
Executive Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 468-0990

Resource Materials

Strategy for Success
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
P.O. Box 5017-A
Champaign, IL 61825-5017
(217) 333-0090
(217) 333-0122

Optometry: A Career with Vision
American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141

Optometry Today - The Vision Care Profession
OAO Order Department
243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141

Questions or comments? Contact the TROY Office of the Pre-Professional Studies.

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