Pre-Optometry at the University of North Texas | College of Science

Pre-Optometry at the University of North Texas

Interested in Pre-Optometry?

Please see one of our pre-health advisors to further explore a major that best fits your academic strengths and future career goals.

About Pre-Optometry at UNT

The UNT Office of Health Professions provides direction and resources to students passionate for a career in optometry. As a pre-optometry student, you may select any major, as long as you complete the prerequisite coursework required by each optemtry school; there are currently two optometry schools in Texas.

The journey to optometry school is quite rigorous, and it's imperative that you prove to the optometry schools' admission boards that you are capable of success in their programs. In addition to high grades and entrance exam scores, optometry schools will evaluate both your volunteer and shadowing experience*. All areas are equally important in a holistic assessment of the candidate.

*Volunteering: Optometry schools are looking for students who have volunteered in their community. Though not required, it's best if you volunteer in a health-related field, where you are helping people.

*Shadowing: To be considered a competitive candidate, students need to shadow an optometrist. Several hours of shadowing will display an understanding and commitment to such profession.

Prerequisites for Texas Optometry Schools

Please refer to our Pre-Optometry Packet for information on prerequisites, timelines, and additional resources.

OAT Entrance Exam

Please see the ASCO website for more information about the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).


If you're pre-optometry, you're HPAC eligible!

Get Involved: Clubs

Alpha Epsilon Delta

Alpha Delta: Pre-Health Minority Club

Medically Dedicated Students

UNT Pre-Optometry Association

Get Involved: Professional Associations

American Optometric Association

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Texas Optometric Association

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