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					                                                                                                                   Undergraduate
         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.                                         www.uky.edu/US/pre_op.html




            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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