In the State of Florida there is currently only one college of optometry. Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale offers a Doctor of Optometry Degree. Although all colleges of optometry may not specifically require a Bachelor of Science degree it is a very rare student who successfully applies to a college of optometry without completing his/her undergraduate degree. Optometry students must take introductory courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics, obtain an suitable score on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and submit a competitive application including letters of reference from faculty and a optometrist. Application is made to these programs through The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS). The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) maintains a site were students will find a significant amount of useful information.
The Optometry Admission Test consists of four component tests:
- Survey of Natural Sciences (Biology, Gen. Chemistry, Organic Chemistry)
- Reading Comprehension
- Quantitative Reasoning