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Program Information

VCU offers preparation programs for students interested in pursuing graduate education in optometry. We advise our pre-optometry students to prepare for admission to the OD (Doctorate of Optometry) program at Salus University. Please see their website ( for additional information regarding prerequisites and admissions requirements

A bachelor of science program offered at the Monroe Park Campus provides excellent opportunities to complete the necessary pre-requisites for an application to an optometry school.

Prospective students are encouraged to pursue a broad background in liberal arts, including sciences, humanities and social sciences. The prospective student should check with the intended school of optometry for its specific requirements.

Many schools of optometry require a minimum of 90 credits (or the equivalent) in an accredited college or university, but preference is given to candidates who earn a baccalaureate degree prior to the beginning of optometry school. Biological science, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, English and general psychology are generally required for admission to most optometry schools.