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Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures. They also identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. ODs diagnose and treat, prescribe medications, perform certain surgical procedures, provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation, and assist patients with spectacle and contact lenses. They counsel patients regarding surgical and non-surgical options to meet their visual needs, and in cases involving surgery they provide both pre-operative and post-operative consultation and care.

Pre-optometry is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Pre-optometry students take the required courses in order to apply to optometry school. Pre-optometry students also have the option to major in any area they choose, as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter optometry school along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.

To view the requirements needed to apply to an optometry school visit each schools' website.

Below are the prerequisistes for both schools.

University of Houston College of Optometry

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 1307/1107 CHEM 1311, 1111, 1411
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 1308/1108 CHEM 1312, 1112, 1412, 1414
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 3305/3105  
MOLECULAR BIOCHEMISTRY CHEM 3310  
BIOLOGY I and LAB BIOL 1403 BIOL 1406, 1106, 1306
BIOLOGY II and LAB BIOL 1404 BIOL 1407, 1107, 1307
MICROBIOLOGY and LAB MBIO 3401  
PHYSICS I and LAB
PHYS 1403 PHYS 1401, 1101, 1301
PHYSICS II and LAB
PHYS 1404 PHYS 1402, 1102, 1302
CALCULUS MATH 1451 MATH 2413, 2417, 2513
STATISTICAL METHODS MATH 2300 MATH 1352, 1442, 2342, 2442
PSYCHOLOGY PSY 1300 PSYC 2301
8 Semester Hours of Upper Division Biology-Human Related Lecture and Lab Recommended ZOOL 4409  

University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 1307/1107 CHEM 1311, 1111, 1411
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 1308/1108 CHEM 1312, 1112, 1412, 1414
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 3305/3105  
BIOCHEMISTRY or MOLECULAR BIOLOGY CHEM 3310 or BIOL 4320  
BIOLOGY I and LAB BIOL 1403 BIOL 1406, 1106, 1306
BIOLOGY II and LAB BIOL 1404 BIOL 1407, 1107, 1307
MICROBIOLOGY and LAB MBIO 3401  
PHYSICS I and LAB PHYS 1403 PHYS 1401, 1101, 1301
PHYSICS II and LAB PHYS 1404 PHYS 1402, 1102, 1302
CALCULUS MATH 1451 MATH 2413, 2417, 2513
STATISTICAL METHODS MATH 2300 MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, 2442
PSYCHOLOGY PSY 1300 PSYC 2301
ENGLISH I ENGL 1301 ENGL 1301
ENGLISH II ENGL 1302 ENGL 1302

Required if applying without a Bachelor's Degree

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
Humanities (6 hours) May include US History, Foreign Languages, Literature, or Arts  
Behavior and Social Sciences (6 hours) May include Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, or Communications  

Recommended Courses

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
ANATOMY ZOOL 2403 BIOL 2401, 2101, 2301
PHYSIOLOGY ZOOL 2404 BIOL 2402, 2102, 2302
ETHICS PHIL 2320 PHIL 2306

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