In 10 semesters over four years, the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program offers a dynamic, cutting edge curriculum that trains you to provide the fullest scope of optometric care. At The Ohio State University College of Optometry you will be among the best and brightest students learning from the best and brightest faculty as you:

  • Begin patient care in the first year

  • Directly examine 1800 patients by the time you graduate and see additional patients through school screenings, case reviews, grand rounds, and Eyewear Gallery appointments

  • Deliver eyecare in all primary and sub-specialty areas in our College’s full range of clinical services including: Primary Vision Care, Binocular Vision, Pediatrics, Advanced Ocular Care, Contact Lenses (Adult and Pediatric), Low Vision Rehabilitation, and Eyewear Gallery

  • Learn to run a successful optometric practice with the most comprehensive series of practice management courses, ranging from personal finance to the development of a complete business plan

  • Assess and hone your personal leadership skills utilizing our first-of-its-kind, Ohio State Optometry specific I-CE Leadership Competency Model, discover the career path that fits you best and develop the tools and materials needed to reach your career goals through the OptomEyes series.

At Ohio State, we are preparing the leaders of tomorrow!

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First Year
  • Biochemistry for Optometry
  • General and Histological Anatomy
  • Geometric Optics
  • Introduction to Primary Care Testing I
  • Ocular Anatomy
  • Introduction to Optometry Business**
  • Pathophysiology I
  • Practice of Optometry
  • Epidemiology, Public Health and Environmental Vision
  • General and Visual Neuroanatomy
  • Introduction to Primary Care Testing II *
  • Microbiology for Optometry
  • Ocular Physiology
  • Optics of the Eye
  • Pathophysiology II
  • Physical Optics and Photometry
  • Introduction to Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning in Optometry
Both Semesters
  • OptomEyes

* Direct Patient Care
** Practice Management Course

Second Year
  • Anterior Segment Ocular Disease
  • Basic and Ocular Pharmacology
  • Ocular Care Techniques
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Optometric Examination
  • Advanced Ocular Care Techniques
  • Clinical Ocular Pharmacology
  • Billing and Coding**
  • Diagnosing and Prescribing
  • Introduction to Primary Care Practice *
  • Posterior Segment Ocular Disease
  • Visual Neurophysiology and Perception
Either Autumn or Spring
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing *

* Direct Patient Care
** Practice Management Course

Third Year
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lens Lab
  • Eye Movements and Binocular Vision
  • Management of Glaucoma
  • Ocular Neurology
  • Vision of Children
  • Intermediate Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning in Optometry
  • Advanced Contact Lenses
  • Advanced Contact Lens Lab
  • Clinical Binocular Vision
  • Optometric Business Management I**
  • Systemic Disease for Optometry
  • Injections, Lasers and Advanced Ocular Techniques
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation and Gerontology
  • Surgery and Co-management of Ocular Disease
  • Optometric Business Management II**
Clinical Education *

* Direct Patient Care
** Practice Management Course

Fourth Year *
Main Clinic and Practice-Based Care*
  • Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Service
  • Contact Lens Service
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation Service
  • Student Health Center Optometry Services
  • Private ophthalmology practice, ophthalmology referral center or clinic (8 - 9 weeks)
  • Private Optometric Practice (8 - 9 weeks)
Ocular Disease Externship *
Advanced Practice Externship *

* Direct Patient Care
** Practice Management Course

Note: The above curriculum meets the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners laser course requirement (201 KAR 5:110 Section 1) for licensure in Kentucky.

Fourth Year Overview

The fourth year is divided into three 17 week rotations. One rotation is in Columbus and the surrounding area and two are externships in locations around the US including: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Map of the United States showing externships in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia

Main Clinic and Practice-Based Care

Within the main clinic on-campus you will see a diverse patient base drawn from the campus, Ohio, and surrounding states while learning from faculty optometrists who are experts in specialties including cornea and contact lenses, binocular vision, traumatic brain injury, retinal disorders, and low vision rehabilitation. And off-campus, experience a variety of practice settings gaining broad exposure to contemporary primary eyecare with special emphasis on adapting to diverse patient encounters in unique environments and areas of practice.

Each Main Clinic and Practice-based rotation will include:



  • Private optometric office (8-9 weeks)
  • Private ophthalmology practice, ophthalmology referral center or clinic (8-9 weeks)

Ocular Disease Externship

Train full-time at a Veterans Administration Optometry Clinic with special emphasis on patient populations with ocular disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

Advanced Practice Externship

Choose a specified clinical areas of emphasis such as medical and surgical co-management of ocular disease, eyecare delivery to specialized patient populations, or full scope, contemporary optometric practice.

Options for Advanced Practice Extern rotations include:

  • Ophthalmological practices and surgical co-management centers
  • Optometric offices with distinctive practice structures, unique settings, or noteworthy clinic services


Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification for practice in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at