2010 - 2012 Graduate Bulletin

VI. Graduate Programs

School of Optometry

Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

Admissions

Admission to the School of Optometry is a competitive process. In addition to the scholastic requirements, applicants will be considered for admission based on academic and personal qualifications.

Eligible applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of prerequisite coursework (minimum 90 semester hours)
  • Academic achievement (GPA)
  • Competitive scores on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT):
  • Letters of recommendation
  • On-campus interview conducted by a member of the admissions committee

Prerequisites

Required Courses

  • Biology with lab* – 2 semesters
  • Inorganic Chemistry with lab – 2 semesters
  • General Physics with lab – 2 semesters
  • College Mathematics – 2 semesters
    (At least 1 semester of Calculus)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab – 1 semester
  • Microbiology with lab
    (Or Bacteriology with lab – 1 semester)
  • Biochemistry or Molecular Biology – 1 semester
  • Psychology – 1 semester
  • Statistics – 1 semester
  • English – 2 semesters

*2 semesters of General Biology with lab OR 1 semester of General Biology with lab and 1
semester of any of the following courses with lab: Cell Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, or Genetics.

Additional Required Courses (for students entering without a Bachelor’s degree)

  • Humanities – 2 courses
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences – 2 courses

Recommended Courses (but not required)

  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Ethics

Contact Information
For more information, please contact the UIW School of Optometry at 210-883-1190 or optometry@uiwtx.edu, or the Office of Optometry Admissions at 210-883-1193. Additional information may be found on the website at http://www.uiw.edu/optometry.


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