Pre-Professional Health Programs

Pre-Optometry

This site will explain the phases of a pre-optometry education and what is to be expected at each phase.  An enriching undergraduate experience at Cleveland State University is the first step in your journey to becoming an optometrist.

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry provides information about optometry school admission requirements, the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), a pre-optometry timeline, and other useful information. Visit their website and learn more at: opted.org.

Undergraduate Preparation

While there is no required major area of study for Pre-Optometry, coursework in the sciences is important to success in optometry school. Likewise, optometry is very much a "people profession" and coursework in psychology and the humanities is also very important to an aspiring optometry professional. 

Cleveland State Pre-Optometry students become engaged in learning, research opportunities and scholarly endeavors that come from a variety of disciplines, assuring them the educational maturity and character development that dental schools seek.

All U.S. optometry schools require applicants to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).  This test will assess knowledge and reading comprehension skills in the natural sciences, reading comprehension, physics, and quantitative reasoning.   A College of Science advisor will assist Pre-Optometry students in selecting the right combination of optometry school prerequisites, general education requirements and career exploration activities.

Academic Coursework

Beyond the Classroom

Suggested Timeline
for Pre-Professional Students