Optometry - Programs & Requirements

Doctor of Optometry, O.D.

Optometry school takes 4 years. Students must pass a national examination by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). Some may go on to complete 1-2 more years of training for a specific specialty through a residency.

Schools in Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UAB) - Birmingham, AL

Course & GPA Requirements

To be a competitive student, we recommend a 3.5+ cumulative GPA.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

Schools in Alabama look for these courses:
Hrs Needed   Course Needed What to Take at UAH 
8 hrs (w/lab) General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs (w/lab) General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126
8 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry CH 331/335 & CH 332/336 
8 hrs (w/lab) General Physics PH (101&102) or (111/114 & 112/115) 
4 hrs General Microbiology I  BYS 321/321L
3 hrs General Biochemistry I BYS 361
One Course Calculus MA 171
One Course Statistics MA 281/ST 281 or PY 300*
One course Psychology PY 101 (or your choice)*
2 semesters Social & Behavioral Science  **See below

*A statistics course taken in the psychology department may not be counted for both the psychology prerequisite and the statistics prerequisite for the UAB Optometry school.

**Any combination of two semesters or two quarters in sociology, economics, anthropology, history, political science or additional psychology.

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The above courses support required and suggested coursework for UAB Optometry School. Please keep in mind this is a guideline and specific requirements differ amongst different schools.