Doctor of Optometry

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As an optometrist, you have the power to help patients improve their vision and see the world through a brighter lens. This innovative program helps you provide comprehensive eye care and promote healthy vision to patients of all ages in diverse settings. Through cutting-edge instructional technologies in both classroom and clinical environments, you will learn how to diagnose and manage a wide range of ocular and systemic conditions.

In this four-year, full-time program, you will begin seeing patients in the first year and progressively increase your time in clinic for four straight years, including summers. Our expert and dedicated faculty will work with you individually as you engage in more challenging and frequent patient exposure. You will graduate with the requisite skills, experience, and confidence to practice and advance as a professional optometrist in a wide variety of clinical settings.

Please note: if you are still in high school or have not yet earned a bachelor's degree, learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies/Optometry pathway program. 

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

May 1 - Decision deadline for fall applicants* 

*The deadline for Fall 2017 Admission has been extended to June 1, 2017.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship with their application. We have a rolling admission process, and the sooner you submit your application, the more favorably you will be considered both for admission and scholarship.

How to Apply

MCPHS participates in the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS). This is the only application MCPHS accepts for the Doctor of Optometry program.

In addition to a completed OptomCAS application, applicants must submit:

  • A recommended minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official college or university transcripts from all institutions attended (submitted directly to OptomCAS)*
  • While there is no requirement that a student must major in a specific area or complete an undergraduate degree, the completion of an undergraduate degree is strongly recommended. In order to be qualified for admission to the Doctor of Optometry program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours—the equivalent of three years of college education—prior to matriculation.
  • Two letters of recommendation (submitted directly to OptomCAS)
  • Official OAT Score Report (submitted directly to OptomCAS)
  • Resume (optional, may be submitted directly to admissions.worcester@mcphs.edu)
  • Official AP or CLEP Scores if applicable (transfer credit granted for AP Scores of 4 or 5 and CLEP Score of 50 or higher)
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language. Language proficiency may be submitted with a score report from the TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP. For more information on our language proficiency requirements, visit our International Applicants page.

*Official transcripts from non-U.S. secondary schools, colleges, or universities must also be sent to World Education Services (www.wes.org) for a course-by-course evaluation.

Prerequisite Requirements:

The following prerequisite courses are required prior to entry at MCPHS. These courses do not need to be completed at the time of application. All courses must be completed by Aug. 1st prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Optometry program at MCPHS. Prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS must be approved by MCPHS faculty.

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • English (6 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Biochemistry (3 credits) (strongly recommended but not required)

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

MCPHS University School of Optometry accepts applications from transfer students currently in good academic and disciplinary standing at another optometric institution. Students must submit an OptomCAS application, state a compelling reason for transfer, and present a letter from the Dean of their current program confirming good standing and acknowledging the transfer request. Placement within the program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of courses equivalent to those at MCPHS School of Optometry. MCPHS University School of Optometry does not accept applications for transfer from students who have been dismissed from another program.

Year I - Fall

COURSES

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 651

Introduction to Optometry

1

OPT 650

Clinical Optometry I

3

OPT 630

Optics Theory I (with lab)

5

OPT 611

Ocular Anatomy and Physiology

2

OPT 610

Human Anatomy and Physiology

4

OPT 721

Embryology and Visual Development

3

OPT 681

Basic Science Lab I

1

TOTAL

 

19

 

Year I - Spring

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 631

Optics Theory II

5

OPT 652

Clinical Optometry II

3

OPT 656

Histology

1

OPT 657

Microbiology

1

OPT 612

Ocular Biochemistry

2

OPT 711

Immunology

1

OPT 622

Visual Perception

2

OPT 682

Basic Science Lab II

1

OPT 683

Vision Science Lab

1

TOTAL

 

17

Year I - Summer

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 632

Ophthalmic Optics

4

OPT 653

Clinical Optometry III

3

OPT 613

Neuroanatomy and Physiology

3

OPT 710

Systemic Pharmacology

4

OPT 722

Oculomotor Functions

1

OPT 691

Optometry & Public Health

2

TOTAL

 

16

 

Year II - Fall

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT758

Neuro-Optometry

2

OPT750

Anterior Segment Ocular Disease I

4

OPT 712

Ocular Pharmacology

3

OPT 756

Foundations of Binocular Vision

1

OPT 751

Clinical Optometry IV (w/lab)

3

OPT 770C

Primary Care Clinic, Vision Screenings

1

TOTAL

 

14

 

Year II - Spring

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 766

Pathophysiology

3

OPT 854

Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease

2

OPT 753

Posterior Segment Ocular Disease I

4

OPT 757

Clinical Binocular Vision

3

OPT 771C

Primary Care Clinic I

1

TOTAL

 

13

 

Year II - Summer

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 752

Contact Lens I (with lab)

5

OPT 755

Pediatrics (with lab)

3

OPT 851

Glaucoma I

2

OPT 759

Anterior Segment Ocular Disease II

1

OPT 772C

Primary Care Clinic II

2

TOTAL

 

12

 

Year III - Fall

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 855

Contact Lens II

1

OPT 852

Vision Therapy (with lab)

3

OPT 857

Posterior Segment Ocular Disease II

1

OPT 859

Glaucoma II

1

OPT 754

Low Vision and Geriatrics (with lab)

3

OPT 870C

Primary and Specialty Care Optometry Clinic I

3

TOTAL

 

12

 

Year III - Spring

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 691

Optometry and Public Health

1

OPT 853

Clinical Optometry V

3

OPT 741

Practice and Business Management

4

OPT 860

Research and Statistical Methods

2

OPT 879C

Primary and Specialty Care Clinic II

3

TOTAL

 

10

 

Year III - Summer
Year IV - Spring/Fall

COURSES
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

OPT 951

Online Clinical Seminar (Ongoing through Summer, Fall and Spring)

1

OPT 971

Externship Rotation I (Summer)

16

OPT 972

Externship Rotation II (Fall)

16

OPT 973

Externship Rotation III (Spring)

16

Students accepted into the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program at MCPHS are eligible to apply to the online Master of Public Health in the spring of their first year of the OD program. If accepted, the MPH coursework will begin that summer.

Students in the OD/MPH program will complete a total of 210 credits to earn the dual degree; 180 credits for the OD program and 42 credits for the MPH program. The MPH program consists of a Community Health concentration with an overview of the five core disciplines of public health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

As an optometrist with training and experience in public health, you will be fully equipped to assess community needs for eye and vision care services. Optometrists with an MPH could develop, administer, and evaluate eye and vision health programs and participate in and provide leadership to health-related agencies that foster public awareness of the need for eye and vision care.

 

Collaborating to improve patient care

A group is participating in an Interprofessional Education (IPE) program, designed to bring students and faculty from across disciplines, schools, and campuses together in collaboration - See more at: https://www.mcphs.edu/academics/ipe#sthash.nCJzPCAL.dpuf

Discover how Interprofessional Education empowers Optometry students to share their knowledge with PA students.

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