New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
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Admission, Costs, and Financial Aid

Academic Requirements

Doctor of Optometry Degree

Applicants to the Doctor of Optometry program need to demonstrate at least three years of undergraduate preparation. Within this period of study the student must have credits for the following specific course work:

Course Semester(s) Quarter(s)
Chemistry (with lab) 2 3
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 1 2
Biology (with lab) 2 3
Microbiology 1 2
Physics (with lab) 2 3
Mathematics (One semester must be Calculus) 2 3
Psychology 1 2
English 2 3
  • One semester or two quarters of Statistics is recommended, but not required.

Prerequisite courses form the entering knowledgebase for our optometry program. Therefore to demonstrate mastery of this knowledgebase, we require a grade no lower than C in these courses.  Prerequisite courses taken at a community college may be accepted; however we strongly prefer courses taken at your degree granting College or University. No more than 50% of the prerequisites may be taken at a community college. Advanced Placement courses will be accepted if the degree granting college has accepted the credit and the student has achieved a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test.


The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a prerequisite for entrance. For informational materials regarding the OAT, contact the testing program using the information below:


Optometry Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue, 6th floor
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Phone: (312) 440-2693; (800) 232-2159
Fax: (312) 587-4105
Online at:

Bachelor of Science in Optometry

Students who have not earned a Bachelor Degree may be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree by the College, provided they have completed 12 semester hours of humanities, 12 semester hours of social sciences, and have met other requirements set forth by the College.

Among Humanity and Social Science courses the following are acceptable:

Humanities Social Sciences

Language: Ancient and Modern

Literature: Ancient, Modern Theory

Fine Arts



History of Philosophy

Historical Biography


History and Philosophy of Science



History of Civilization


Political Science










Accelerated Doctor of Optometry Program (AODP)

Applicants to the Accelerated Doctor of Optometry Program:

  • Hold doctorate-level degrees in a science or medicine. Graduates of the program represent such diverse fields as physics, psychology, anatomy, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, dentistry, and medicine.
  • Demonstrate high scholarship in previous graduate study, as well as a firm career commitment to optometry.
Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP)

Applicants to the Advanced Standing International Program:

  • Hold a degree from an optometric college recognized by the International Optometric and Optical League.
  • Have at least two years of full-time optometric clinical experience following graduation from an optometry college and completed within four years prior to applying to qualify for our program.
Master of Science in Vision Science Degree (MSVS/OD or MSVS Stand Alone)
  • BA or BS degree.
  • College transcripts indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA on pre-requisites for the OD program, including a course in statistics.
  • Optometric Admissions Test (OAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE general) scores.
  • An admissions essay detailing the candidate’s interests in the MS program.
  • Names and contact information for 3 references who can attest to the applicant’s analytical or research skills.

Transfer Requirements

When openings in classes permit, the College will review applications for transfer from students who are currently enrolled in other accredited schools or colleges of optometry. Acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory completion of courses equivalent to those at The New England College of Optometry. Students requesting transfer must provide a personal statement with supporting documentation demonstrating a compelling need to transfer in order to complete their optometric education. The dean at the applicant's present optometry school is required to provide official acknowledgment of the student's request for transfer and certification of good academic standing.