Students seeking to make a real difference will find no better career than optometry. Only one degree qualifies you to become an optometrist: the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), a four-year, doctoral-level degree. While concentrating primarily on structure, function, and disorders of the eye, students in a professional O.D. program will also take courses in human anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology, among others, to prepare for their role as primary-care doctors protecting patients’ overall health and wellness.
Applicants and Advisors Resources
True Stories — See brochure here
Be a Doctor of Optometry Video on ASCO’s YouTube Channel
Doctors of Optometry Changing Lives Daily Video on ASCO’s YouTube Channel
ASCO’s Blog: Eye on Optometry
Student Profile and Prerequisites
Admission Requirements Handbook
Optometry Career Guide
Email Schools and Colleges for Admissions Information
Rankings of Optometry Schools and Colleges
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) does not rank or endorse any ranking of the accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, ASCO does not provide information and data to any entity claiming to rank the schools and colleges of optometry or participate in any other way with such entities.
Optometry school and college applicants are urged to make their own determinations regarding the suitability of a school or college including visiting the schools and colleges’ official websites and gathering information regarding applicant profiles, class size, prerequisite courses, NBEO pass rates, faculty-student ratios, pre-clinical and clinical training and other information.
Accurate data which is provided by the schools and colleges can be found on this page and on the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website under Data & Surveys.