Dual Acceptance Programs with Selected Affiliated Universities

The Dual Acceptance Program is an early acceptance program for selected students who successfully complete the specified pre-optometry coursework. The Dual Acceptance Programs are currently in effect with Benedictine University, DePaul University, Elmhurst College, and Arizona Christian University.

Online Application

Benefits of the DAP:

  • Provides for an excellent foundation in pre-optometry education.
  • Sets out a clear road map for which courses to take and when.
  • Exempts the student from the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) and associated fees.
  • Exempts the student from the OptomCAS application process and associated fees.
  • Guarantees entry to MWU CCO well in advance with successful completion of all program requirements.

To receive consideration for the Dual Acceptance Program with Benedictine University, DePaul University, or Elmhurst College, one must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Track 1:

This track is available to high school students who apply by March 1 of their senior year of high school. To receive consideration for the Dual Acceptance Program, Track 1, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn admission to the undergraduate institution as a first-year student.
  • Must obtain a minimum score of 26 (ACT) or 1250 (SAT) on a College Entrance Exam.
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.20/4.00.
  • Demonstrate a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the optometry profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences.
  • Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.

Track 2:

This track is available to students who have recently enrolled at their undergraduate institution. To receive consideration for the Dual Acceptance Program, Track 2, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be completing their spring term coursework, and must have not been enrolled in any other post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate overall and science GPA of 3.40/4.00.
  • Must have obtained a minimum score of 26 (ACT) or 1250 (SAT) on a College Entrance Exam.
  • Demonstrate a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the optometry profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences.

After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives all completed application materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit invitations for an interview.

Following the interview, their completed applications are forwarded to the CCO Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept or to deny applicants for admission. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean-via the Office of Admissions-notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of their visits. Accepted applicants will be ensured a seat at CCO upon successful completion of the program requirements:

  1. All prerequisite pre-optometry courses must be completed at the enrolled institution (See below). AP credits that are listed on their transcript are acceptable for meeting the prerequisites.
  2. Track 1 students will have up to four years to complete all pre-optometry coursework at their enrolled institution , and earn a baccalaureate degree. Track 2 students will have up to three years to complete all pre-optometry coursework at their enrolled institution , and earn a baccalaureate degree.
    • Authorization to extend an undergraduate degree beyond 4 years is at the discretion of the Dean, CCO. Requests must be submitted to the CCO office of the Dean; decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale must be attained.
  4. A minimum science GPA of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale must be attained.
  5. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses.
  6. Students are not permitted to repeat courses for a higher grade for which they have already received credit.
  7. Students are not permitted to withdraw from more than 2 courses during their 4-year undergraduate program.
    • Authorization to withdraw from more than 2 courses is at the discretion of the Dean, CCO. Requests must be submitted to the CCO office of the Dean; decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Accepted students are required to sign a letter of understanding with CCO upon acceptance. Accepted students will submit a deposit fee to CCO at least 1 year prior to matriculation at CCO. All fees are applied toward the student’s first quarter tuition at CCO.

Students who are not accepted to or fail to complete the Dual Acceptance Program may apply to CCO using the standard procedures.

To receive consideration for the Dual Acceptance Program with Arizona Christian University, high school senior students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Earn admission to Arizona Christian University.
  2. Apply online to the CCO Dual Acceptance Program as a high school senior.
  3. Obtain a minimum score of 28 on the ACT or 1250 on the SAT.
  4. Demonstrate a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  5. Demonstrate motivation for and commitment to the optometry profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences.
  6. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.

After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives all completed application materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit invitations for an interview. Qualified applicants must complete an on-campus or video teleconference (for out of state students) interview at CCO.

Following the interview, their completed applications are forwarded to the CCO Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept or to deny applicants for admission. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean-via the Office of Admissions-notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of their visits. Accepted applicants will be ensured a seat at CCO upon successful completion of the program requirements:

  1. All prerequisite pre-optometry courses must be completed at Arizona Christian University prior to matriculation to CCO. Official AP and dual-enrollment credits completed during high school, and that are listed on the affiliated university's transcript as equivalent courses, are acceptable for meeting the prerequisites.
  2. Complete their baccalaureate degree at Arizona Christian University within 4 years
    • Authorization to extend an undergraduate degree beyond 4 years is at the discretion of the Dean, CCO. Requests must be submitted to the CCO office of the Dean; decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale must be attained.
  4. A minimum science GPA of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale must be attained.
  5. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses. A grade of “C-“ or lower is not acceptable.
  6. Students are not permitted to withdraw from more than 2 courses during their 4-year undergraduate program.
    • Authorization to withdraw from more than 2 courses is at the discretion of the Dean, CCO. Requests must be submitted to the CCO office of the Dean; decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
  7. Students are not permitted to repeat courses for a higher grade for which they have already received credit.
  8. Accepted students are required to sign a letter of understanding upon acceptance. Accepted students will submit a deposit fee within 1 year prior to matriculation. All fees are applied toward the student’s first quarter tuition.

Students who are not accepted to or fail to complete the Dual Acceptance Program may apply to CCO using the standard procedures.  

Students enrolled at Benedictine University must successfully complete the following courses listed below with a grade of “C” or higher: 

REQUIREMENT

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE

MINIMUM SEMESTER HOURS

Biology with lab

BIOL 1197, 1198, 1199

7 hrs.

Genetics with lab

BIOL 2250, 2251

4 hrs.

Anatomy

BIOL 3203

3 hrs.

Physiology

BIOL 3258

3 hrs.

General/Inorganic Chemistry with labs

CHEM 1113, 1114, 1123, 1124

8 hrs.

Organic Chemistry with lab

CHEM 2242, 2243

4 hrs.

Biochemistry

CHEM 3261

3 hrs.

Physics

PHYS 1113, 1114, 1118, 1119

6 hrs.

Calculus

MATH 2200 or 2210

3 hrs.

Microbiology

BIOL 3208

3 hrs.

Statistics

BIOL 2229 or MATH 1150 or PSYC 2250

3 hrs.

Psychology

PSYC 1100

3 hrs.

English Composition

WRIT 1101, 1102

6 hrs.

Total Hours

 

56 hrs.

Students enrolled at DePaul University must successfully complete the following courses listed below with a grade of “C” or higher: 

REQUIREMENT

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE

MINIMUM QUARTERS HOURS

Biology with lab

BIO 191,192,193

12 hrs.

Anatomy

HLTH 301

4 hrs.

Physiology

HLTH 302 (HLTH 301 and 302 are integrated anatomy and physiology classes)

4 hrs.

General/Inorganic Chemistry with labs

CHE 130,131,132,133,134, and 135

12 hrs.

Organic Chemistry with lab

CHE 230,231,232,233,234, and 235

6 hrs.

Biochemistry

CHE 340

4 hrs.

Physics

PHY 151, 152, 153

9 hrs.

Calculus

MATH 147 or MATH 150

4 hrs.

Microbiology

BIO 210

4 hrs.

Statistics

Multiple options available

4 hrs.

Psychology

Multiple options available

4 hrs.

English Composition

WRD 103, 104

9 hrs.

Total Hours

 

76 hrs.

 Students enrolled at Elmhurst College must successfully complete the following courses listed below with a grade of “C” or higher: 

REQUIREMENT

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE

MINIMUM SEMESTER HOURS

Biology with lab

BIO 200, 201

8 hrs.

Anatomy*

BIO 207

3 hrs.

Physiology*

BIO 208

3 hrs.

General/Inorganic Chemistry with labs

CHM 211, 212

8 hrs.

Organic Chemistry with lab

CHM 311

4 hrs.

Biochemistry

CHM 315

3 hrs.

Physics

PHY 121 or 111, 122 or 112

6 hrs.

Calculus

MTH 151

3 hrs.

Microbiology

BIO 221 or 321

3 hrs.

Statistics

MTH 345 or 346, or PSY 355

3 hrs.

Psychology

Any Psychology course (other than PSY 355)

3 hrs.

English Composition

ENG 105, 106

6 hrs.

Total Hours

 

53 hrs.