Pre-optometry students can choose a variety of pathways to medical school. Some choose biology or chemistry with a concentration in pre-medical studies, while others choose clinical and diagnostic sciences with a specialization in pre-clinical professions.
Most optometry schools do not require a bachelor's degree before admission provided that all the prerequisite courses for the school have been completed. The pre-medical concentration and pre-clinical specialization represent the minimum coursework needed for application to most optometry schools and the background needed before taking the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) entrance exam. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree must select a major from those offered by the university.
This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.
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