College of Optometry



Applying to the College

Getting Started

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
Letters of Recommendation
Official Transcripts
International Applicants

The following courses are required for admission to the UMSL College of Optometry: All courses used to satisfy the admission requirements must have been taken at an institution accredited by a regional accreditation body recognized by the US Department of Education (foreign applicants, you must submit your transcripts through one of the recognized transcript evaluation services). Applicants must have completed 90 semester or 135 quarter hours (the equivalent of three years of college education) prior to matriculation. The applicant cannot apply more than 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) which were earned at a two-year institution toward the credit hour requirement. Applicant's holding a bachelor's degree will be given preference over applicants with similar academic credentials who do not have a degree.

Advanced Placement (AP)credit is not accepted by the University of Missouri-College of Optometry as fulfilling the prerequisite requirements for admission.

The only exception to the AP policy is for students who took English for AP credit. These students may be granted English credit for the English prerequisite if the following criteria is met:  Scoring a 320 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the OAT exam and achieving  a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. If you have further questions please contact Nick Palisch.

See table of prerequisites.