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Arizona College of Optometry

Glendale, AZ Campus

Admission Requirements

Arizona College of Optometry

Students seeking admission to AZCOPT must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA and science coursework GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited institutions. A B.A. degree is acceptable but a B.S. degree is preferred.
  3. Results of the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Minimum Academic Average and Total Science scores of 300 are recommended of all applicants. In order to be considered for the class to be admitted in the Fall of each academic year, the OAT must be taken and results submitted by April 30th. OAT scores must be earned no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year.
  4. Necessary course prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C or better. Only courses designed for science majors or pre-professional students are acceptable for the science prerequisites.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a practicing optometrist. The other letter must be from a prehealth advisor, a science professor, an employer, or an extracurricular activity advisor.
  6. A good understanding of optometric medicine. Candidates are strongly encouraged to shadow and observe a practicing optometrist in the clinical setting.
  7. Extracurricular and/or community activities that indicate a well-rounded background and demonstrate a service orientation.
  8. Interpersonal and communication skills necessary to relate effectively with others.
  9. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  10. A commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

Prerequisite Courses

Biology with lab

8 Sem/12 Qtr hours

Anatomy *

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

Physiology *

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

General/inorganic chemistry with lab

8 Sem/12 Qtr hours

Organic chemistry with lab

4 Sem/6 Qtr hours

Biochemistry

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

Physics

6 Sem/9 Qtr hours

Calculus

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

Microbiology

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

Statistics

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

Psychology

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

English

6 Sem/9 Qtr hours

* The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I (3 Sem/4 Qtr hours) and Anatomy and Physiology II (3 Sem/4 Qtr hours)

The Doctor of Optometry degree program is rigorous and challenging. The Admissions Committee will therefore assess the quality and rigor of the pre-optometry academic records presented by applicants. When assessing an application, the Admissions Committee will view with concern applicants with:

  1. Cumulative and science grade point averages below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Academic Average and Total Science OAT scores below 300.
  3. Prerequisite science coursework completed more than 10 years ago. More recent (within five years) math and science coursework is preferred.