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         Pre-Optometry                                                                                                Studies

                    Pre-Optometry Plan                                    Pre-optometry requirements differ but generally include:
According to Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry                2 semesters of general chemistry with labs
(ASCO):                                                                       2 semesters of English
“Most students major in the natural sciences in college (biology,             1 or 2 semesters of mathematics
chemistry, etc.) because the prerequisites for optometry school are
                                                                              1 or 2 semesters of general biology or zoology with labs
science intensive. However, prospective students can major in any
degree discipline as long as they complete all of the prerequisite            1 semester of microbiology with lab
courses for optometry.” (Schools and Colleges of Optometry:                   2 semesters of general physics with labs
Admission Requirements 2009-2010)
                                                                              1 or 2 semesters of organic chemistry
Students are free to choose any major while pursuing their under-             2 semesters of statistics
graduate degree and fulfilling pre-optometry requirements. When               1 or 2 semesters of psychology
selecting a major, students should consider subjects they find
interesting and challenging, and those in which they perform best.        Some schools may also require biochemistry, anatomy, and
Optometry schools do not require a specific major to enter the            physiology. Check individual optometry schools for specific course
professional program, but they do have minimum entrance re-               requirements.
quirements. Most students accepted to optometry school earn a
                                                                          Students interested in optometry school should meet with a pre-
bachelor’s degree while satisfying pre-optometry requirements.
                                                                          optometry advisor at least once a year while pursuing their under-
Although the Commonwealth of Kentucky does not have an optom-             graduate curriculum, attend pre-optometry information sessions,
etry school, contract seats are available to legal Kentucky residents     visit the pre-optometry Web site, and subscribe to the pre-med
at the University of Alabama, Indiana University, and Southern            listserv.
College of Optometry through the Southern Regional Education
                                                                          For more information, contact:
Board (SREB). Students accepted for the SREB contract program
are exempt from the out-of-state tuition. Students are competitively                          Undergraduate Studies
selected by the optometry school to receive a contract seat. Ken-                            Pre-Professional Advising
tucky residency and acceptance into the Doctor of Optometry                                        109 Miller Hall
program does not guarantee a contract seat. Contract availability                              University of Kentucky
is subject to change as state legislatures annually review budget                            Lexington, KY 40506-0035
expenditures. For the number of contract seats available and more                                 (859) 257-3383
information, contact the specific optometry school.                               

            The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

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