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Direct Admit Doctor of Optometry Program (3+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.phoropter

The 3+4 Direct Admit Bachelor of Science in Vision Science / Doctor of Optometry is an accelerated track that provides a student the opportunity to complete both the Bachelors of Science in Vision Science and the Doctor of Optometry degree over a seven year period. Upon acceptance into the professional program and successful completion of the 1st Professional Year, the student will be retroactively granted a B.S. in Vision Science degree. 

For additional details regarding Phase I Entrance Qualifications and Phase II Progression Qualifications, please see below:

 

Phase I Entrance Qualifications:

  • Top 5% of Texas High School Class
  • Student must be prepared to begin in Pre-Calculus 1st semester, Freshman Year
    • SAT Math score of 520 (new SAT: 550) or ACT Math score of 22
    • A grade of B or better in high school Pre-Calculus

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  • 1140 SAT / 25 ACT (New SAT: 1210 Total Score)
  • 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 520 (new SAT: 550) or ACT Math score of 22
    • A grade of B or better in high school Pre-Calculus
 

Phase II Progression Qualifications:

  • 3.75 Undergraduate CUM GPA / 3.75 Undergraduate Math & Sciences GPA (3+4 Direct Admit) 
    • To remain in the direct admit program and be eligible for the $2500 scholarship, students must meet this requirement at the conclusion of each undergraduate academic year
  • Successful completion of 30 credit hours per undergraduate academic year
    • To remain in the direct admit program and be eligible for the $2500 scholarship, students must meet this requirement at the conclusion of each 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

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