Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who examine, diagnose and treat disease and disorders of the eye and visual system. This includes:

  • measurement and prescription for glasses and contacts
  • diagnosis and treatment of eye coordination and focusing issues
  • treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma
  • detection of systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • non-invasive surgical procedures

Areas of sub-specialty include low vision rehabilitation, pediatric eye care,  and geriatric eye care, vision therapy, sports vision, and ocular disease.

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology, 2 semesters LIFE 102 and LIFE 103
General Chemistry, 2 semesters CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters CHEM 341 and CHEM 343/344
Biochemistry, 1 semester BC351
Human Anatomy, 1 semester w/ lab BMS 301
Physiology, 1 semester w/ lab BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302
Microbiology, 1 semester w/ lab  MIP 300/302
General Physics, 2 semesters w/ lab PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142
English/Writing, 2 semesters CO 150, CO 300/301 or JTC 300/302
Calculus, 1 semester MATH 155 or MATH 160
Psychology, 1 semester PSY 100
Statistics, 1 semester STAT201, 301, or 307

Programs and Preparation

Admissions Tests

Application Services

Optometry Centralized Application Service:  optomcas.org/


American Optometric Association:  www.aoa.org

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry:  www.opted.org/