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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

  • Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry
    19555 North 59th Avenue
    Glendale, AZ 85308

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michigan College of Optometry
    Family Dr
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    (231) 591-2270

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    1200 West Godfrey Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    (215) 276-6070

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

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

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

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