The professional education of an optometrist is obtained at a School of Optometry, where the curriculum typically takes four years to complete. Students graduate with a doctorate (OD) and then take a state licensure examination.

Each optometry school has a set of prerequisites that must be completed (with letter grades) before admission to that school. For a complete list of optometry schools and their prerequisites, consult the following handbooks:

Optometry: A Career with Vision, American Optometric Association. Sharing the Vision: A Student Handbook, American Optometric Association

Optometry Resources

For information on the publication described above, eye health and diseases, optometry career guidance, and other issues related to optometry, contact American Optometric Association

For information about membership in and meetings of the American Academy of Optometry, student travel fellowships and other awards, and the Journal of Optometry and Vision Science, contact American Academy of Optometry

For a list of optometry schools, and information on residency and postgraduate programs, contact Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry