Bachelor of Applied Vision Science Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration by the BAVS Program Committee, you must meet the minimum requirements.

  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or at least two years of study in Ophthalmology or Optometry
  • A satisfactory performance (C or higher for individual transferred courses) on all undergraduate prerequisites
  • Valid proof of English language proficiency

The Pacific University College of Optometry has established institutional memoranda of understanding (MOU) with several academic programs worldwide. Graduates or current students of these programs may follow the admissions criteria provided in the individual MOU at your institution. Such agreements will specify the extent to which students from that program meet the admission requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree (or Equivalent) or Two Years of Study

You must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Equivalency is determined by the Vision Science Program Committee. International applicants with a bachelor’s degree in optometry or an degree in a discipline related to clinical optometry may be considered, after review of the student application by the Vision Science Program Committee, as meeting the above-listed requirements.

Individuals who have completed, or expected to complete, at least two years in Ophthalmology or Optometry in their undergraduate study are eligible to apply and may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree or course completion. An official transcript showing degree or course completion must be submitted or the admission will be withdrawn.

Undergraduate Prerequisites

The following coursework is required to prepare the students to pursue clinical study and research in vision science.

All prerequisite courses listed above must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher (grades of “C-” or lower are not acceptable). Where possible, all courses should be those intended for science majors. All science prerequisites (biology, physics, chemistry) must include a laboratory.

  • Biology or Microbiology: total 4 credit hours with labs
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology: total 8 credit hours with labs
  • General physics, Geometric or Physical Optics: total 8 credit hours with labs 
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry: total 4 credit hours with labs
  • Mathematics or Calculus: total 3 credit hours
  • Statistics: total 3 credit hours
  • Social Sciences: 12 credit hours
  • Humanities: 12 credit hours
  • Optometry-related courses: total 28 credit hours. Eligible courses include but not limited to Basic Optometry, Ophthalmology, Refractive Theory and Methods, Physiological optics, Ophthalmic optics, Medical pharmacology, Ocular diseases, Contact lens and Binocular vision. 

English Language Proficiency Requirement

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University. All students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to admission. This requirement applies to all applicants, including resident aliens and citizens.

Requiring valid proof of English language proficiency is a mandate of the College of Optometry. Thus, only the college can approve any exceptions.

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A bachelor’s or higher degree or at least two years of study from an English-based institute

Applicants who have earned a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited institute where English is the only language of instruction are considered meeting the English proficiency criterion.

Invalid Proof of English language Proficiency

The following lists examples of invalid proof for English proficiency:

  • Invalid test score or less than the minimum score
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific University
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) program certificate from any school
  • Associate degrees from community colleges in the U.S.

Conditional Admission

Students whose academic qualifications are sufficient but who need further language training may be given conditional admission, with unconditional admission granted upon reaching a score of 533 (paper) or equivalent by matriculation into the program.


Contact Us

Shun-Nan Yang | Associate Professor/Director BAVS Program
503-352-2852 |