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Optometry Schools and Colleges

Optometrists are required to hold a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. There are currently 20 accredited Doctor of Optometry degree programs throughout the nation and one in Puerto Rico.

O.D. programs require applicants to complete 3 years minimum of college training, which includes classes in math, English, physics, chemistry, and biology. Most students obtain a bachelor’s degree prior to applying. All applicants are required to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) to be considered.

It takes 4 years to complete a Doctor of Optometry program. These programs incorporate clinical and classroom learning. Typical courses completed through the duration of an O.D. program include eye diseases and disorders, optics and visual science, biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy. After graduating, most optometrists complete a yearlong residency where they complete extensive clinical training in general optometry or a specialty. Optometrists can specialize in family practice, geriatric optometry, cornea and contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation, refractive and ocular surgery, and ocular diseases.

Explore a comprehensive directory of optometry schools and colleges below.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    HUC 531, 1530 Third Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294
    (205) 934-4011
    www.uab.edu

  • Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry
    19555 North 59th Avenue
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    623-572-3215
    www.midwestern.edu

  • University of California: Berkeley
    110 Sproul Hall
    Berkeley, CA 94720
    (510) 642-6000
    www.berkeley.edu

  • Southern California College of Optometry
    2575 Yorba Linda Boulevard
    Fullerton, CA 92831
    (714) 870-7226
    www.scco.edu

  • Western University of Health Sciences
    309 E Second St
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 623-6116
    www.westernu.edu

  • Nova Southeastern University
    3301 College Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
    (800) 541-6682
    www.nova.edu

  • Illinois College of Optometry
    3241 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 949-7000
    www.ico.edu

  • Indiana University Bloomington
    107 South Indiana Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405
    (812) 855-4848
    www.iub.edu

  • New England College of Optometry
    424 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02115
    (617) 266-2030
    www.neco.edu

  • Michigan College of Optometry
    Family Dr
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    (231) 591-2270
    www.ferris.edu/mco

  • University of Missouri: St. Louis
    One University Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO 63121
    (314) 516-5000
    www.umsl.edu

  • State University of New York College of Optometry
    33 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    (212) 938-4000
    www.sunyopt.edu

  • Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
    110 Enarson Hall, 154 West 12th Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
    (614) 292-6446
    www.osu.edu

  • Northeastern State University
    600 North Grand Avenue
    Tahlequah, OK 74464
    (918) 456-5511
    www.nsuok.edu

  • Pacific University
    2043 College Way
    Forest Grove, OR 97116
    (877) 722-8648
    www.pacificu.edu

  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    1200 West Godfrey Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    (215) 276-6070
    www.salus.edu/optometry

  • Southern College of Optometry
    1245 Madison Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38104
    (901) 722-3200
    www.sco.edu

  • University of Houston
    212 East Cullen Building
    Houston, TX 77204
    (713) 743-1000
    www.uh.edu

  • University of the Incarnate Word
    4301 Broadway
    San Antonio, TX 78209
    (210) 829-6000
    www.uiw.edu

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