Pre-Optometry

Pre-Optometry

Pre-Optometry Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the Pre-Health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta.

  • Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisement Track Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Optometry Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Optometry Concentration

Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants  
BIOL 130, 131, 133, 201, 362 15 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322 or 226-330 16 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are co-/pre-requisites for PHYS 203-304) 8 sh
MATH 223 (173) [224 (174)as advised] 4-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 or SOC 101 3 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selection 3 sh
2019 and Prior Matriculants  
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322 or 226-330 16 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are co-/pre-requisites for PHYS 203-304) 8 sh
MATH 223 (173) [224 (174)as advised] 4-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 or SOC 101 (SOCL 100) 3 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selection 3 sh

Suggested Course Sequencing and Planning for Applying to Optometry School

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the OAT after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to optometry school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

Many Pre-Optometry students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to optometry school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning optometry school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter optometry school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Year One Courses and Study Hours
YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 & 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 3 or 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other courses 3 sh
STAT 101 3 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
Year Two Courses and Study Hours
YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 221 or 226 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 or 330 (Organic Chemistry I or Intro. Biochemistry) 4 sh
MATH 223 (173) (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (174) (if necessary) (Calculus II) 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh PSYC 100 or SOC 101 (SOCL 100) 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
Year Three Courses and Study Hours
YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
PHYS 103 or 203 (Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (Physics II) 4 sh
BIOL 362 (Microbiology) 4 sh LITR selection 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-8 sh
Year Four Courses and Study Hours
YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL Year Four Courses and Study Hours
SPRING
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

Centralized Application Services

  • Application to optometry school is made via the centralized application OptomCas.
  • Application opens for 2020-2020 cycle on June 29, 2020

Entrance Exams

  • Preparation for the OAT should begin once students choose the optometry career path.
  • OAT exams are ongoing throughout the year (FAQs)

Requirements for Optometry School

Many optometry schools require two letters of recommendation

  • Optometrist
  • Professor (science)

Some optometry schools require a Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) letter in addition to the optometrist and professor recommendations; SUNY College of Optometry requires a composite letter, which necessitates full letters of recommendation from an Optometrist and Science Professor be included with the HPAC letter; therefore all Pre-Optometry Students applying for a HPAC interview must request full letters of recommendations from their evaluators to be submitted as part of the HPAC interview process.

Pre-Optometry questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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