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Optometry Dual Admission Program

Dual Admission – Optometry

Bachelor's Degree and Doctor of Optometry Degree

The doctor of optometry is a seven-year or eight-year program.

The seven-year program is a combined program; students will follow a three-year prescribed course of study in the undergraduate major. A bachelor's degree will be awarded to the student after successful completion of the first year of professional education at the College of Optometry.

In the eight-year program, students complete the four-year undergraduate major and are awarded a bachelor's degree before starting the dental medicine program. Students in both programs will receive the O.D. degree after four years of training at the College of Optometry.

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OVERVIEW OF REQUIREMENTS
Degrees:

Bachelor's Degree (Any Major)

Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

Years to Complete 3+4 4+4
Preadmission Interview Yes (Shark Preview Weekend) Yes (Shark Preview Weekend)
Dual Admission Deadlines February 1 February 1
High School Requirements
GPA 3.5 weighted 3.5 weighted
ACT/SAT 30 composite ACT or 1360 total SAT  24 composite ACT or 1170 total SAT 
Student Type Day Day
Years Math
Years Science
Years English
3
3
4
3
3
4
Required Courses Biology*, Chemistry, and Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry Biology*, Chemistry, and Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
NSU UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
Major / Course Reqs. Any bachelor's degree, prescribed program prerequisites will be communicated upon admission Any bachelor's degree, prescribed program prerequisites will be communicated upon admission
Cumulative GPA 3.2 3.2
Science GPA 3.2 3.2
Minimum Grade in Each Prerequisite Course C C
Required Test Score

OAT Minimum: 310 (total science and academic average)

All minimum test scores must be achieved on the same test attempt (superscoring is not accepted)

OAT Minimum: 310 (total science and academic average)

All minimum test scores must be achieved on the same test attempt (superscoring is not accepted)

Graduate Application Yes Yes
Degree Required No Yes
Credits Required 90 major & general education coursework must be completed 120

Transfer students are not eligible to apply to the Health and Medical Professions dual admission programs. Only students coming to NSU in the fall semester as freshmen first time in college applicants are eligible to apply, unless the transferred college credits were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB, or college academy – or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU.  Please contact your admissions representative for more details regarding this requirement.     

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well. 

 

Calculation of cumulative and science GPA for the purpose of program eligibility for dual admission will not reflect the "grade forgiveness/repeated courses" policy, all grades for retaken courses will be included. The science GPA for dual admission purposes is only composed of all courses with BIOL, CHEM, and PHYS prefixes.

Please be advised that a student's initial course placement in mathematics, science or composition may impact the timing of the completion of all dual admission prerequisites and major courses, and could result in the need to take summer courses.

Final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the receiving college.

* Anatomy and Physiology, and Living Environment may be substituted for Biology

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