Requirements for the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree

A student who has earned a bachelor's degree, satisfactorily completed the full four years of the professional optometry curriculum, and met any special requirements set by the dean, shall be eligible to receive the Doctor of Optometry degree.

Requirements for admission to the College of Optometry

In order to be eligible for admission to the Professional Program in Optometry Education, a student must meet the following criteria and standards:

  1. Applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of work at an accredited college or university whose credits are acceptable toward a degree at Northeastern State University; however, a degree is preferred.
  2. Applicant must have completed the following courses in pre-optometric education (or be scheduled to complete them at the end of the spring semester of application):

    Mathematics (College Algebra & Trigonometry or Calculus) *applicant must present transcript credit which demonstrates proficiency at the level of trigonometry or higher at the college level 6
    General Chemistry I and II (with lab) 8
    Physics I and II (with lab) 8
    General Biology/Zoology (with lab) 4
    Organic Chemistry (with lab) 4
    Microbiology 3
    Biochemistry 3
    Statistics 3
    General Psychology 3
    English I and II (grammar/composition) 6
    Other areas of study which are strongly recommended include: Experimental Psychology, Social Science, Humanities, Computer Science (especially data and word processing), Public Speaking, Analytic Geometry, Basic Bookkeeping or Accounting, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Students admitted to the College of Optometry who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree must meet the general education requirements of Northeastern State University. The student must complete these requirements by the end of their second year.  The student is responsible for knowing and meeting the general education requirements in existence at the time of the student’s first enrollment at Northeastern State University. Students should refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for Northeastern State University for a list of degree requirements for the bachelor of science degree.
  3. The applicant must present transcripts from all institutions attended showing a cumulative grade point average of all course work attempted of at least 2.7, based upon a 4.0 scale.
  4. The applicant must have taken the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and had those scores submitted to NSUOCO.

Applications for admission from all qualified candidates are considered without regard to age, sex, race or national origin.

Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to starting the professional program are given strong preference for admission.

Minimal Performance Standards

The successful completion of the optometry curriculum, as well as the practice of optometry, requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitudes and behavior. Successful completion of the program requires manual dexterity, adequate visual functions, eye-hand coordination, and the ability to communicate effectively. Consequently, the applicant must be able to perform finely coordinated visual-motor procedures on patients using appropriate or sufficiently acceptable instrumentation under various levels of illumination and to communicate effectively with patients. Course and clinical requirements of the curriculum are applicable to all students and cannot be waived.

Requirements for the bachelor of science degree

A student who satisfactorily completes the first two years of the four-year professional optometry program, who has met the basic admission standards of the College of Optometry, and satisfied the general education requirements as listed in the NSU Catalog, shall be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Vision Science.