To be accepted into optometry school, I must first complete at least 2 or 3 years of studies at university, including courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, calculus, English, and psychology. Most applicants, however, hold a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree. I am also considering doing the same as well to keep up with the high competition. I must also pass the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) before applying.
Optometry programs take 4 years to complete, at the end of which you will receive a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Programs include classroom and laboratory study, as well as clinical training in diagnosis and treatment. Subjects covered include optics, vision science, biochemistry, systemic disease, and pharmacology. In Canada, there are only a couple of institutions that offer this program, though there are more programs in the US. I would have to contact the school that I would be interested in to find out their exact admission requirements. After becoming an OD, I must obtain a license in the province where I intend to practice. This involves passing national and provincial/territorial exams. I would have to check with... [continues]
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