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National Optometry Prerequisites

Admission to UIWRSO requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework from an accredited college or university.  A candidate may apply while in the process of completing prerequisites, however all requirements must be completed prior to enrollment at UIWRSO.  A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all prerequisite courses and all courses must have been completed within 10 years of the first day of classes for the entering student.  However, the applicant can furnish evidence to the Admissions Committee of command of current knowledge in topics which do not meet the 10-year criteria. Each prerequisite course meets just one requirement.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Biology with Laboratory

1 semesters (or 2 quarters)

Human Anatomy and/or Human Physiology with Laboratory*

1 semester (or 2 quarters)

Inorganic/General Chemistry with Laboratory

2 semesters (or 3 quarters)

Organic Chemistry with Laboratory

1 semester (or 2 quarters)

General Physics with Laboratory

2 semesters (or 3 quarters)

Microbiology with Laboratory (or Bacteriology with Laboratory)

1 semester (or 2 quarters)

Biochemistry OR Molecular Biology

(minimum Junior level course or equivalent)

1 semester (or 2 quarters)

Calculus

1 semester (or 2 quarters)

Statistics

1 semester (or 2 quarters)

Psychology

1 semester (or Equivalent)

English

2 semesters (or Equivalent)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING WITHOUT A BACHELOR'S DEGREE

 

Humanities (may include Theology, Philosophy, History, Foreign Language, Literature, Art)

2 semesters (or 3 quarters)

Behavioral & Social Sciences (may include Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Communications)

2 semesters (or 3 quarters)

RECOMMENDED COURSES (NOT REQUIRED)

 

Human Physiology II

Strongly Recommended

Human Anatomy II

Strongly Recommended

College Mathematics

Recommended

Ethics

Recommended

*1 semester of any of the following courses with laboratory may substitute for 1 semester of Anatomy and/or Physiology with laboratory: Biology II, Cell Biology, or Genetics


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