For admission to optometry school in Alabama, there is no requirement that a student must major in a specific area. Students are encouraged to select their undergraduate curriculum according to their own interests with a view toward educating themselves to function as professionals in an increasingly complex world. Applicants scheduled to have bachelor’s degrees at the time of matriculation are considered before those who will not have their degree prior to matriculation.
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours, the equivalent of three years of college education, prior to matriculation. All courses must be taken at a fully accredited institution and must be acceptable to that institution for degree credit and major requirements. No more than 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours earned at a two-year institution may be applied to the credit hour requirement.
The courses required for admission to optometry school at The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) are outlined below. The courses listed are Judson courses that will fulfill each requirement and recommendation.
- BIO 104 – Principles of Biology with Lab (4 hours)
BIO 108 – Introduction to Molecular Biology (2 hours)
- BIO 304 – Microbiology (4 hours)
- BIO/CHE 307 – Biochemistry I (4 hours)
BIO/CHE 308 – Biochemistry II (4 hours)
- CHE 101 – General Chemistry I with lab (4 hours)
CHE 102 – General Chemistry II with lab (5 hours)
- CHE 201 – Organic Chemistry I with lab (5 hours)
- PHY 201 – General Physics I with lab (4 hours)
PHY 202 – General Physics II with lab (4 hours)
- MAT 151 – Calculus I (3 hours)
- BUS 231 – Introductory Statistics (3 hours)
- ENG 101 – English Composition I (3 hours)
ENG 102 – English Comp II (3 hours)
- PSY 201- General Psychology* (3 hours)
- One year of Social and Behavioral Science** (6 hours)
One year is equal to two semesters. One half year is equal to one semester.
*A statistics course taken in a psychology department may not be counted for fulfillment of both the psychology prerequisite and the statistics prerequisite.
**Any combination of two semesters in sociology, economics, anthropology, history, political science, or additional psychology
Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
All applicants are required to take the Optometry Admissions Test. This exam is offered online. The exam can be taken as many times as needed with 90 day intervals between exam dates. Applicants are encouraged to take the exam during the spring of the year preceding anticipated application. If the results of the exam are considered to be unsatisfactory, the applicant then has the opportunity to repeat the exam during the summer of the application year.