Richard A. Henson School of Science & Technology


SU Chemistry major Ganesan Sivaguru was accepted to the Illinois College of Optometry

Eleanor Siri 

Eleanor Siri, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Optometry School Preparation

Preparation for optometry school requires, first and foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed and that the applicant take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)new window.

You can choose any undergraduate major, provided that you include the required optometry school prerequisite classes in your course of study. You must do very well academically in the area of study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses.

Requirements may vary by school, but the following courses are generally required:

BIOL 210/213

Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 215 & 216

BIOL 211

Inorganic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 121, 122

Organic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 221,222

General Psychology
PSYC 101

MATH 198 Biology majors
MATH 201 Chemistry majors
MATH 160 other majors

Physics (1 year with Lab)
PHYS 121,123

MATH 155

Optometry School applications will require a letter of recommendation from the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) at Salisbury University. In order to be eligible for this committee letter, you must file an interview application to HPAC by March 15, the semester before you plan to apply to podiatry school.

It is highly recommended that you obtain experience in the field of optometry before applying. Internships with an optometrist are an excellent way to gain a realistic idea of what an optometrist does on a day-to day basis.