Revised: February 2003
††††††††††††††††††††††††† REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO OPTOMETRY PROGRAMS
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Premedical Professions and Zoology Advising Office, 209 Richards Hall
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Nancy Blass, (405) 325-2457 and Ms. Dawna Nelson, (405) 325-5661
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dr. Regina Sullivan and Dr. James Thompson, Co-Directors
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† University of Oklahoma, 730 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73019
The requirements for admission to the seventeen schools of optometry vary; however, most students accepted have completed an undergraduate degree.† On a 4.0 scale, the grade point average of recent optometry school enrollees nationwide ranged from a high of 4.0 to a low of 2.20, with an average of 3.33. Most students (89%) had completed a bachelorís degree.† Females comprised 59.2% of the approximately 1,355 first year students accepted nationally. The age of incoming students ranged from 20-47, with an average of 24.
Northeastern State University College of Optometry (NSUCO) in Tahlequah, OK accepts 26 students each year from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Other schools may have similar residency policies.† In 2002, there were 121 applicants to NSUCO. The students accepted had an average GPA of 3.54, and averaged 323 on the Optometry Admission Test. 89% had completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants must have completed 90 hours of undergraduate work with an overall grade point average of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale.† Completion of a Bachelorís degree is strongly recommended. All grades earned, including those for repeated courses, will be used in computing the overall grade point average.† Currently, students admitted who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree must meet the NSU general education requirements and must complete these requirements at the time of, or prior to, completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Optometry degree.
Potential optometry students at Northeastern (and other schools) may be evaluated on academic performance, OAT scores, knowledge of optometry, motivation, extracurricular activities and interests, work experience, personal achievements, autobiography, and letters of reference, as well as results of the personal on-campus interviews with the Admissions Committee.
††††††††††† Please note other schools may have slightly different requirements.
†1.† Mathematics--6 semester hours minimum from:
††††††††††††††††††††††† Math 1503 (Intro. to Elem. Functions)
††††††††††††††††††††††† Math 1523 (Elementary Functions) CAUTION: Most colleges require Calculus
†2.† General Chemistry--8 semester hours minimum, with labs
††††††††††††††††††††††† Chemistry 1315a and Chemistry 1415
†3.† Physics--8 semester hours minimum with labs
††††††††††††††††††††††† Physics 1311, 1321, 2414b and 2424, or Physics 1311, 1321, 2514d and 2524 or
††††††††††††††††††††††† Physics 1205 and 1215
†4.† General Biology/Zoology including lab--4 semester hours minimum
††††††††††††††††††††††† Zoology 1114 and 1121
†5.† Organic Chemistry--4 semester hours minimum with lab
††††††††††††††††††††††† Chemistry 3012c and 3013 (Caution: Some schools may require 2 semesters).or
††††††††††††††††††††††† Chemistry 3053c, 3153 and 3152†
†6.† Intro level Microbiology including lab--3 hours minimum
††††††††††††††††††††††† †Microbiology 3813 and 3812
†7.† Biochemistry--3 semester hours minimum Caution: This requirement is variable.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Chemistry 3653e
†8.† English and Communications - 2 semesters minimum
††††††††††††††††††††††† English 1113 and 1213
††††††††††††††††††††††† Communications or Public Speaking is also recommended
†9.† Statistics--3 semester hours
††††††††††††††††††††††† Psychology 2003
10.† Psychology--3 semester hours
††††††††††† ††††† Psychology 1113; more is recommended such as Experimental Psychology
OTHER STRONGLY RECOMMENDED COURSES:
Intro. to Human Anatomy, Principles of Physiology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Computer Science (especially data and word processing), Basic Bookkeeping and††† Accounting, Analytic Geometry
Additional Note:† Anatomy may be recommended or required at some schools.
††††††††††† a.† COMPAS test or Math 1503 (Intro. to Elem. Functions)
††††††††††† b.† Math 1523 or 1643
††††††††††† c.† Chemistry 1415
††††††††††† d.† Enrollment in Math 1743 or 1823 (Calculus I)
††††††††††† e.† Chemistry 3013 or 3053
The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is required of all applicants to all schools and colleges of optometry in the United States.† The OAT test includes Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Physics, Biology, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.† Scores range from 200 to 400.† While there are no strict passing or failing scores, the standard score of 300 signifies average performance on a national basis.† Northeastern's average OAT score was 323.†
The test is given in October and February of each year.† The 2002 test dates are February 8 and October 25.† Applications must be filed about five weeks in advance of the test.† Application or request cards are available in the PreMedical Professions Advisory Office. The test is given on the Norman Campus. The examination fee is $200 for the 2003 tests.† This fee includes the submission of scores to a maximum of five optometry colleges, a personal copy and a copy of your scores for your premed advisor.
Each institution has its own admission requirements and policies.† Since there is not a national application for all the optometry schools, you will need to contact the individual schools for an application. Application deadlines vary from November 30 to March 31. Northeastern State University is February 1 of each year; applicants are notified of acceptance by April 1. Applications may be obtained by writing to:
††††††††††††††††††††††† College of Optometry
††††††††††††††††††††††† Admissions Office††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† Northeastern State University
††††††††††††††††††††††† Tahlequah, OK† 74464-2399
††††††††††††††††††††††† Telephone: (918) 456-5511, ext. 4000
Applicants are encouraged to attend an Applicant Workshop in the spring each year and schedule a Premedical Committee Interview during the summer. Letters of Evaluation are† available to those applicants who do Committee Interviews. Information on other schools is available in the PreMed Advising Office, 209 Richards H