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In order to become an optometrist, you must:

  • complete a bachelor's degree (in any major)
  • take the appropriate pre-requisite coursework
  • take the Optometry Admission Test ( OAT)
  • complete a Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) - 4 years

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into optometry school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Optometry schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU for most optometry schools:

  • BIOL 140, BIOL 291, BIOL 292, BIOL 313
    Principles of Biology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology in Health & Nutrition
  • CHEM 139, CHEM 140, CHEM 241, CHEM 242, BIOL 361 or CHEM 361
    General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Principles of Biochemistry
  • PHYS 130, PHYS 131
    Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II
  • MATH 170, MATH 153 (may require prerequisites MATH 130 and/or MATH 146)
    Applied Statistics, Calculus I (may require prerequisites College Algebra and/or Precalculus)
  • PSY 150
    General Psychology

Advanced coursework in Biology and Chemistry is highly recommended.

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or

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