Direct Admit Doctor of Optometry Program (4+4)
The successful undergraduate applicant will qualify to enter this program upon admission to the University with specific criteria (Phase I). In order to successfully progress, maintain direct admit scholarships and be accepted into the O.D. program, participants will need to satisfy additional requirements throughout their undergraduate Vision Science coursework (Phase II). Our commitment to each student's success extends beyond the classroom. In order to provide the necessary guidance, each student will have at minimum one meeting each semester with the Vision Science academic advisor and professional school representative to discuss the student's progress and planning.
The 4+4 Direct Admit Bachelor of Science in Vision Science / Doctor of Optometry is a traditional assured track. 4+4 program will provide a student the opportunity to complete the Bachelors of Science in Vision Science and the Doctor of Optometry degree in the traditional eight year period. Similar to the 3+4 direct admit track, upon acceptance into the direct admit program via Phase I Entrance Qualifications, a student will be offered a seat in the professional Doctor of Optometry program provided they successfully meet Phase II Progression Qualifications. Successful completion of the fourth year of the Vision Science undergraduate curriculum will expose students to key concepts which integrate basic science with clinical optometric application. These vision science and optometry concepts provide a strong foundation for the successful navigation of the professional program curriculum.
Phase I Entrance Qualifications:
- 1210 SAT / 25 ACT
- 3.7 High School Cumulative GPA / 3.7 High School Math & Sciences GPA
- Student must be prepared to begin in Pre-Calculus 1st semester, Freshman Year
- SAT Math score of 550 or ACT Math score of 22
- A grade of B or better in high school Pre-Calculus
Phase II Progression Qualifications:
- 3.50 Undergraduate CUM GPA / 3.50 Undergraduate Math & Sciences GPA
- To remain in the direct admit program, students must meet this requirement at the conclusion of each undergraduate academic year
- Successful completion of 30 credit hours per undergraduate academic year
- Optometry Admissions Test 320 Academic Average / 320 Total Science
- Successful completion of a minimum of 90 semester credit hours
- Successful completion of prerequisite requirements with a ‘C’ or better
- Completion of application process to include submission of OptomCAS & official OAT scores
- Successful interview with Rosenberg School of Optometry faculty
- Minimum of two Letters of Recommendation (LOR) to include one LOR from an optometrist & one LOR from an academic advisor or faculty member
- Minimum of two shadowing experiences with an O.D.
- Active involvement in community service