The Pre-Optometry program of study at ETSU prepares students for application to a four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program. The majority of students accepted to a school of optometry have completed a bachelor’s degree.
Careers in Optometry
Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the body related to vision. They also diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe contact lenses or eyeglasses as needed.
Many optometrists own their own practices and may spend a considerable amount of time on general business activities such as hiring employees and ordering supplies.
Some optometrists spend much of their time providing specialized care, particularly if they are working in a group practice with other optometrists or physicians.
What does it take to get into Optometry school?
Minimum GPA 3.64-3.21
Highest and lowest average GPAs among admitted students for all schools that reported to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) in 2016OAT Score 352-300
Highest and lowest average test score among admitted students for all ASCO schools in 2016
The OAT is a computerized exam administered through the Optometric Admission Testing Program. This test is required to be considered for admission to most optometry schools. Examinees are allowed to take the OAT an unlimited number of times but must wait at least 90 days between test dates. Students should not take the OAT until they have completed all prerequisite courses.
Suggested 2-year schedule for Pre-Optometry students
Freshman Sophomore FALL
CHEM 1110/11, BIOL 1110/11, MATH 1530, ENGL 1010, PREH 1350
CHEM 2010/11, PHYS 2010/11, SPCH ELECTIVE, PSYC 1310, ELECTIVE
CHEM 1120/21, BIOL 1120/21, MATH 1720/1910, ENGL 1020, ELECTIVE
CHEM 2020/21, PHYS 2020/21, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE
Core preparation courses*
Biology (8 hours): BIOL 1110/11, BIOL 1120/21
General Chemistry (8 hours): CHEM 1110/11, CHEM 1120/21
Organic Chemistry (5 hours): CHEM 2010/11
Physics** (8 hours): PHYS 2010/11, PHYS 2020/21
Biochemistry*** (Hours vary): Consult with your Pre-Optometry counselor
English (6 hours): ENGL 1010, 1020
Microbiology (4 hours): HSCI 3320/21
Calculus (4 hours): MATH 1910
Probability and Statistics (3 hours): MATH 1530
Psychology (3 hours): PSYC 1310
Social Sciences (6 hours): Consult with your Pre-Optometry counselor
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED COURSES
Human Anatomy1 (4 hours): HSCI 3000
Human Physiology1(4 hours): HSCI 3020
Cell Biology (3 hours): BIOL 3150/51
Organic Chemistry II (5 hours): CHEM 2020/21
*Core Preparation Courses based on Southern College of Optometry, as this is the only optometryschool in Tennessee.
**General Physics (PHYS 2010/11 and PHYS 2020/21) may be substituted, however, Technical Physics is recommended.
***A two-semester sequence of organic chemistry is a prerequisite for BIOL 4147/57 or BIOL 4167/77.
1These classes may be required by some optometry schools.