• Pre-Optometry Student

  • Program Designation: Pre-Professional

    Program Contact: Dr. David Merwine

    Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

    Program Description:

    Do you want to be an optometrist? Care for people's eyes and make sure they're seeing properly? If so, you'll need to earn a doctor of optometry degree. We can help you reach your goal.

    You can complete your pre-optometry requirements on our campus. We have an agreement with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. The optometry school will admit our students if they have successfully completed the necessary courses and satisfied the optometry college's other admissions requirements.  

    Here's how it works: On our campus, you will take courses in biology, chemistry and physics. When you finish three years and 90 credits, you can apply to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. After you finish one year of basic science education there, you will receive your bachelor's degree from Pitt-Bradford. When you successfully complete three more years of the optometry education program, you will receive a doctor of optometry degree.

    What you can do with a degree in Pre-Optometry

    Transfer Program Requirements

    Minimum requirements for biology or chemistry or psychology majors include:


    Strongly recommended:

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.