The practice of optometry is a rewarding, fulfilling career path. It’s also a highly trained, legislated and specialized field requiring students with strong dedication, passion for the subject, and a commitment to providing exceptional care.
If that sounds like you, read on to discover the steps to becoming a doctor of optometry.
The Optometry Career Path
- Complete all necessary prerequisites. Each school has different prerequisites, and some do not even require a science major, so be sure to review the school and prerequisite list. Review each school’s deadlines, requirements, and fees.
- Prepare for and pass the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and file an application to apply to optometry school(s).
- Join your school’s AOSA program to gain valuable benefits (unless you’ve already joined as a pre-optometry student).
- Prepare for and pass the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exams while obtaining your bachelor’s degree.
- Earn your degree.
- Finally, secure your license to practice. The scope of practice varies from state to state and requirements for licensure depend on individual state laws.