Pitt-Bradford Pre-Optometry Pages

Pitt-Bradford Contacts:
Dr. Dessie Severson (severson@pitt.edu)
Dr. Lauren Yaich (yaich@pitt.edu)

Undergraduate Curriculum at Pitt-Bradford:

In order to apply to Optometry school, you will need to complete a number of prerequisite courses, as listed below. Keep in mind that every Optometry school's requirements are slightly different, so check the schools that you are interested in to see what their exact requirements are, as they may differ slightly from the list below. In addition to completing these courses, you will also have to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and meet with the Pitt-Bradford Pre-Health Professions Committee. This is usually done during your junior year. Check out the links below for more information about these procedures.

Pitt-Bradford Pre-Optometry Curriculum :

BIOL 0101 Introduction to Organismal & Population Biology 4
BIOL 0102 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 0101 & CHEM 0102 General Chemistry I & II 8
CHEM 0202 & CHEM 0203 Organic Chemistry I & II 8
PHYS 0101 & PHYS 0102 Introduction to Physics I & II 8
or
PHYS 0201, 0202, 0203, & 0204 Foundations of Physics I & II 10
ENG 0101 & ENG 0102 English Composition I & II 6
PSY 0101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 140 Calculus I 4

Courses strongly recommended:
Statistics (PSY 0201 or ECON 0204 or MATH 0133) 4
BIOL 1302 Microbiology 4
CHEM 0203 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1306 Biochemistry 3

Affiliation Agreement Between the University of Pittsburgh – Bradford and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry:

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCOM) have an affiliation agreement establishing a joint undergraduate/professional program of education leading to the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. PCOM agrees to provide places in its first professional year class to University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students who have successfully completed their undergraduate pre-optometry program prerequisites at Pitt-Bradford and have satisfied other admission requirements of PCOM.

Students may apply to PCOM after completing 3 years and 90 credits at Pitt-Bradford. The work at Pitt-Bradford will include general education requirements and major requirements, which lead to a baccalaureate degree in biology, or chemistry, or psychology. Upon successful completion of one year of basic science education at PCOM, students will earn a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh – Bradford. Upon successful completion of four years (including the first year of basic sciences) of the optometry education program, PCOM shall award the O.D. degree.

Minimum requirements for biology or chemistry or psychology majors include:

BIOL 0101 Introduction to Organismal & Population Biology 4
BIOL 0102 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 0101 & CHEM 0102 General Chemistry I & II 8
CHEM 0202 & CHEM 0203 Organic Chemistry I & II 8
PHYS 0101 & PHYS 0102 Introduction to Physics I & II 8
or
PHYS 0201, 0202, 0203, & 0204 Foundations of Physics I & II 10
ENG 0101 & ENG 0102 English Composition I & II 6
PSY 0101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Statistics (PSY 0201 or ECON 0204 or MATH 0133) 4

Strongly recommended:
MATH 0150 Calculus II 4

 

List of Optometry Schools

External Links for Pre-Optometry Students (coming soon!)

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