Programs & Requirements
Doctor of Optometry, O.D.
There are 21 schools in the US for optometry. Optometry school takes 4 years and 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
Most schools have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, but 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.
There is a lot more you can do to make your application stand out.
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.
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