Pre-Optometry


Optometrists, also known as Doctors of Optometry, diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. A Doctor of Optometry degree is a four-year graduate, professional program. The work of optometrists requires attention to detail, good manual dexterity and the ability to deal tactfully with patients.

The three-year pre-professional certificate program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical, veterinary, and pharmacy schools/colleges. Students will have the minimum requirements for application to the professional schools/colleges at the end of three years provided they follow the specified curriculum sequence designed for the program.

 

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester: $14,422 (2017-18)
●  Tuition/Year: $28,844 (2017-18)


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Admission Requirements for Doctor of Optometry Program

In 2015, there were 23 accredited O.D. programs in the United States, one of which was in Puerto Rico. The requirements for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry vary. Most schools require successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with an acceptable grade point average (the average GPA for the 2016 entering class was 3.42) and an acceptable OAT (Optometry Admission Test) score. A personal essay or interview may also be required.

Courses in physiology, biochemistry and statistics are recommended. You should check the requirements of the specific optometry school you are interested in attending. After finishing an O.D. degree, some optometrists complete a one-year residency program to get advanced clinical training in the area in which they wish to specialize. Areas of specialization for residency programs include family practice, low vision rehabilitation, pediatric or geriatric optometry, and ocular disease, among others.

Pre-Professional Certificate Programs

The three-year pre-professional certificate program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical, veterinary, and pharmacy schools/colleges. Students will have the minimum requirements for application to the professional schools/colleges at the end of three years provided they follow the specified curriculum sequence designed for the program.

Stritch offers pre-professional programs in the following areas:

  • Pre-chiropractic
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-med
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary

 
Students wishing to apply to a health professions school must declare their intention by the middle of the first semester of the sophomore year to either remain with the pre-professional certificate program or complete the Biology/Chemistry major. The University cannot guarantee completion of the certificate program in three years or the Biology/Chemistry major in four years unless the established curriculum sequence for the respective program is followed.
 
Most health professions schools require a high level of performance on a college specific admissions test (i.e. the MCAT Medical College Admission Test or GRE Graduate Record Examination) and a GPA of at least 3.4.
 
Required courses for the pre-professional program:  BL 105, 106, 202 and 203, 306, 308; CH 113, 114, 201, 202, 211, 212, 302, 307; PY 201, 202; MT 120, 196 or higher; EN 102; one sociology course either SC 301 or SC 230, one psychology course;  BL/CH 410; BL/CH 411
 
Minimum grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) is required for each course in the Pre-Professional Certificate.  If a student earns a grade lower than the minimum acceptable grade, he/she must repeat the course and earn a grade of “C” or higher for the course to count toward the certificate.
 
In order to earn a major in one of the sciences (Biology or Chemistry), a student completing the certificate program would need to take the following additional science courses:
Biology major: BL 207, 307, 403, 405
Chemistry major: CH 308, 310, 403, 404; MT 210/211

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.
 

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.

 


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions
 


Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

 

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.
 

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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