Pre-Optometry


  • Program Contact: Dr. David Merwine

    Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

    Program Description:

    Do you want to be an optometrist? Care for people's eyes and make sure they're seeing properly? If so, you'll need to earn a doctor of optometry degree. We can help you reach your goal.

    You can complete your pre-optometry requirements on our campus. We have an agreement with the  Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. The optometry school will admit our students if they have successfully completed the necessary courses and satisfied the optometry college's other admissions requirements.  

    Here's how it works: On our campus, you will take courses in biology, chemistry and physics. When you finish three years and 90 credits, you can apply to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. After you finish one year of basic science education there, you will receive your bachelor's degree from Pitt-Bradford. When you successfully complete three more years of the optometry education program, you will receive a doctor of optometry degree.

    What you can do with a degree in Pre-Optometry

    Program Requirements:

    Transfer Program Requirements


    Minimum requirements for biology or chemistry or psychology majors include:


    Strongly recommended:




    Please be advised


    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.



    Additional Information:

    Non-Affiliation Agreement Pre-Optometry Programs:
    If you're interested in earning a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree, you may apply to a college of optometry after three years or after you complete a bachelor’s degree on our campus, depending on the requirements of the specific school. You may choose to major in any academic discipline, but most students attending optometry schools majored in biology. Chemistry was the second most common major.

    Each professional school may have specific requirements, in addition to the minimum courses required by many optometry schools, so we advise you to check with the optometry schools of your choice prior to completing your bachelor’s degree.