Admission Information

Students interested in the BS in Vision Science (Pre-Optometry Pathway) apply through the set UIW undergraduate application procedures and declare a major in Vision Science. Admission into and completion of the B.S. in Vision Science program does not guarantee entry into the Rosenberg School of Optometry, but does provide a solid foundation on which to build a competitive application. The program includes an optional Optometry Admission Test (OAT) Preparatory Program.

The B.S. in Vision Science provides students the opportunity to earn a degree which satisfies the prerequisite requirements for entrance into the Rosenberg School of Optometry as well as most prerequisite courses for medical, dental and other health-related professional schools.  Successful completion of the Vision Science degree does not guarantee entrance into the professional Doctor of Optometry program but does provide a strong foundation on which to build a competitive application. Furthermore, the curriculum structure and content give the graduate solid credentials to embark on a biomedical graduate research career, or to enter the workforce as a vision-science or ophthalmic-related specialist.

The University of the Incarnate Word actively recruits students who will enrich and be enriched by a private Catholic liberal arts atmosphere. Applicants should demonstrate personal characteristics and qualities that suggest they will be responsible and contributing members of the University community with standards of excellence in the academic, social, physical, and spiritual aspects of life which adheres to a mission statement of Christian service and social justice.

The Pre-Optometry Pathway admissions guidelines follow the general UIW admissions requirements.  Students apply through the set undergraduate application procedures and declare a major in Vision Science.  Details can be found here.


Additional program information and a detailed curriculum outline for a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science (Pre-Optometry Pathway) are available.