Rosenberg School of Optometry

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Admission to UIWSO requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework from an accredited college or university.  A candidate may apply while in the process of completing prerequisites, however all requirements must be completed prior to enrollment at UIWSO.  A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all prerequisite courses and all courses must have been completed within 10 years of the first day of classes for the entering student.  However, the applicant can furnish evidence to the Admissions Committee of command of current knowledge in topics which do not meet the 10-year criteria. Each prerequisite course meets just one requirement.

REQUIRED COURSES NUMBER OF COURSES
Biology with Laboratory* 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
Inorganic/General Chemistry with Laboratory 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 1 semester (or 2 quarters)
General Physics with Laboratory 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
Microbiology with Laboratory (or Bacteriology with Laboratory) 1 semester (or 2 quarters)
Biochemistry OR Molecular Biology 1 semester (or 2 quarters)
College Mathematics (includes at least one semester of Calculus) 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
Statistics 1 semester (or 2 quarters)
Psychology 1 semester (or 2 quarters)
English 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING WITHOUT A BACHELOR'S DEGREE  
Humanities (may include Theology, Philosophy, History, Foreign Language, Literature, Art) 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
Behavioral & Social Sciences (may include Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Communications) 2 semesters (or 3 quarters)
RECOMMENDED COURSES (NOT REQUIRED)  
Physiology Recommended
Anatomy Recommended
Ethics Recommended

 

*1 semester of any of the following courses with laboratory may substitute for 1 semester of General Biology with laboratory: Cell Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, or Genetics