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Due Dates & Pre-Reqs

Preparing you for optometry school

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Last date to submit OptomCAS application:

May 1, 2023

Last OAT or GRE
Test Date Accepted:

May 1, 2023

How to apply:

Complete the OptomCAS application and collect all needed documents through OptomCAS. Be sure to list ICO when you submit your application. The application cycle typically begins at the end of June.

 

Required materials for applicants:

  • Two letters of recommendation

  1. Academic (Pre-Health Advisor, Science Professor and/or Academic Committee)

  2. Non-relative practicing Optometrist

  • Transcripts from your prior schools

  • Your OAT or GRE score.
     

Prerequisites

We have found that science-specific courses completed at 4-year universities tend to better align with the types of courses students take at ICO. Grades of C or higher are accepted. Courses do not need to be completed before applying and can be planned or in-progress at the time of your application. Additionally, we strongly encourage the completion of human-based biological science courses.

We welcome applicants from any and all undergraduate majors. It is possible for exceptional non-degree candidates to be considered once they have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours prior to enrolling at ICO.

Course

Minimum
Semester Hours

Minimum
Quarter Hours

English Composition/Literature

Or similar graded non-remedial writing courses. One course in public speaking is acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 6

Minimum Quarter Hours: 9

College Calculus

Pre-calculus is not acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 3

Minimum Quarter Hours: 4.5

Statistics

Business statistics is not recommended. Psychology statistics or biostatistics are acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 3

Minimum Quarter Hours: 4.5

Biology with Laboratory

General biology, physiology, zoology and comparative anatomy are all acceptable. Botany does not apply.

Minimum Semester Hours: 6

Minimum Quarter Hours: 9

Microbiology with Laboratory

Bacteriology is also acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 3

Minimum Quarter Hours: 4.5

General Chemistry with Laboratory

Inorganic Chemistry is also acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 6

Minimum Quarter Hours: 9

Organic Chemistry

Laboratory is not required.

Minimum Semester Hours: 3

Minimum Quarter Hours: 4.5

Physics with Laboratory

The sequence does not need to be calculus-based.

Minimum Semester Hours: 6

Minimum Quarter Hours: 9

Psychology

Both introductory and upper-level psychology courses are acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 3

Minimum Quarter Hours: 4.5

Social Science

Economics, political science, anthropology, sociology or an additional psychology course are acceptable.

Minimum Semester Hours: 3

Minimum Quarter Hours: 4.5

English Composition/Literature
6
9

Or similar graded non-remedial writing courses. One course in public speaking is acceptable.

College Calculus
3
4.5

Pre-calculus is not acceptable.

Statistics
3
4.5

Business statistics is not recommended. Psychology statistics or biostatistcs are acceptable.

Biology with Laboratory
6
9

General biology, physiology, zoology and comparative anatomy are all acceptable. Botany does not apply.

Micobiology with Laboratory
3
4.5

Bacteriology is also acceptable.

General Chemistry with Laboratory
6
9

Inorganic Chemistry is also acceptable.

Organic Chemistry
3
4.5

Laboratory is not required.

Physics with Laboratory
6
9

The sequence does not need to be calculus-based.

Psychology
3
4.5

Both introductory and upper-level psychology courses are acceptable.

Social Science
3
4.5

Economics, political science, anthropology, sociology or an additional psychology course are acceptable.

For step-by-step instructions download our application checklist.

To see your full application journey visit why.ico.edu

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