Admissions Requirements

Prerequisite Courses for the College of Optometry

Admission requires completion of the prerequisites listed below or their equivalents from any accredited college or university. At least one year of this work should be completed at a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Students are encouraged to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation in our program. However, some high-achieving students are admitted with three years (90 semester hours) of undergraduate coursework. The number of courses listed below is provided as a guideline. In assessing course content for equivalency, actual numbers of courses may vary for your institution. In some cases, multiple courses may be needed to fulfill prerequisite coursework.

Prerequisite Courses

# of

Current Ohio State Course Numbers

English Composition


ENGL 1110




Inorganic Chemistry, with laboratory


CHEM 1210 & 1220




Organic Chemistry, no laboratory required


CHEM 2510





1 or 2


If your institution divides biochemistry into a two series course, you need to take both courses to meet our course content requirements.



Physics, with laboratory


PHY 1200 & 1201

Physics course work should cover mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism and modern physics.



Mathematics - Calculus


MATH 1151




Biology, with laboratory


BIO 1113 & 1114





1 or 2

EEOB 2520 or PHYSIO 3200

Physiology course work must cover all of the systems of the body. Unless you took physiology at Ohio State, you must send your physiology course syllabus materials to our office for evaluation at



Microbiology, with laboratory


MICRO 4000




Introductory Psychology


PSYCH 1100










Social Sciences







Requirements for Admission to the College of Optometry

  • 3+ years of undergraduate work.  A bachelor's degree is encouraged.
  • Complete prerequisites with a grade of C- or better.
  • 10+ hours of observation at 2+ different optometric practice settings.
  • Completed OptomCAS application.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, via OptomCAS.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation via OptomCAS.
    • Optometrist, Professor or Someone of Your Choice
  • Complete the OAT by March 1. Be sure to notify our office if you have retaken the test.
  • Submit The Ohio State Optometry Supplemental Application. An invitation for this application will be sent by e-mail after we receive your OptomCAS application.
  • In-person interview with the College of Optometry Admissions Committee.
  • To ensure that you have satisfactory functional skills to provide optometric care, you must meet functional guidelines established by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). The ASCO functional guidelines statement is available at

Prerequisite Evaluation

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at Ohio State offers free coursework evaluations for students attending other institutions to provide assistance in selecting and taking coursework that meets our prerequisite requirements. For more information, visit or call 614-292-9444.

AP Credit and Online Courses

Ohio State Optometry accepts Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit as long as those credits were accepted at your undergraduate institution. All laboratory coursework must be completed in person. We do not accept online laboratory coursework. The lecture portion of coursework can be completed online and is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Ten-Year Course Work Rule

Due to continuous advances in the scientific field, the Admissions Committee requires you to demonstrate recent competence in science prerequisites. Therefore, if any of your science prerequisites are older than 10 years, you must either repeat course work in that specific area or submit convincing evidence of current mastery in the appropriate science to the Admissions Committee.

Admission with Advanced Standing

Due to the specific course work in our program, admission with advanced standing from other optometry programs is not possible. A student at another optometry program who wishes to apply would need to meet the customary competitive admissions requirements and also provide a letter from a Student Affairs officer at the former optometry program attesting to their good academic and disciplinary standing currently or when they exited the program.

Additional Recommended Courses

Additional courses in physiology and anatomy are highly recommended. Other beneficial electives may include: introductory statistics, ethics, histology, sociology, scientific terminology, and small business management.