Although it is possible to enter optometry school after three years, we recommend that you plan to complete four years of college. To be a well-qualified candidate, you should have a strong foundation in basic science and mathematics, including calculus, with advanced science courses that emphasize biology or biochemistry. We recommend that you follow suggested programs of study for the Biology, Health Science or Biochemistry majors and take the Optometry College Admissions Test (OAT) during the spring semester of your junior year at Benedictine University. The mean OAT score for a student accepted into optometry school is an average of 50th percentile or above, and the mean cumulative grade point average is 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).
Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semesters of the junior or senior years respectively.