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Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree

Optometrists provide most of the primary vision care that people need. They examine, diagnose, treat, and manage eye diseases and disorders. Traditionally, they prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, and low vision aids. They may also use special tests and tools to identify and evaluate vision defects that are symptomatic of other diseases.



Timeline for optometry school applicants. This timeline is subject to change based on students’ competitiveness and readiness to apply.

optometry school application timeline

Pre-requisite Coursework

Before applying to an optometry programs, schools will expect you to establish academic readiness through undergraduate coursework. Optometry schools have specific coursework that is required for admission.

Research the requirements of the schools where you plan to apply as course requirements will and can vary from school to school. You can consult the individual Optometry school websites for information on admission requirements.

Common Coursework Requirements for Texas Optometry Programs

The below science and math courses are common among each individual Optometry program; students should check individual websites for additional course pre-requisite requirements.

Biology requirements: BIO 1404; BIO 1414; BIO 3713 + BIO 3722 (lab)

Chemistry requirements: CHE 1103 + CHE 1121 (lab); CHE 1113 + CHE 1131 (lab); CHE 2603 + CHE 2612 (lab); BIO 3513 or CHE 3643*

Physics requirements: PHY 1603 + PHY 1611 (lab); PHY 1623 + PHY 1631 (lab)

Statistics: STA 1053 or STA 1403;

Mathematics: MAT 1214

*indicates UTSA pre-requisite course required