Prerequisite Worksheet | Optometry

Admitted students must be able to provide a final official transcript showing all prerequisite courses completed prior to intended date of entry.

The unofficial prerequisite worksheet (pdf) is to help you determine which prerequisites you have fulfilled and those which you have remaining to meet the prerequisite coursework for the College of Optometry.

Enter coursework you have completed or plan to complete by the start of the program in August. The following prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last ten years: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry (if applicable) and General Physics.

In-depth experience in the sciences within the last ten years may be able to be substituted for expired coursework on a case-by-case basis. Examples include applicants pursuing a doctorate degree in the sciences whose general science prerequisites were completed more than ten years ago. Optometric or ophthalmic experience may not be substituted for expired courses.

You must have a plan to complete all prerequisite coursework. A maximum of 8-semester credits of AP or IB credit can be used toward the prerequisite requirements for applicants with qualifying scores.  A qualifying score is a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement test or a 5 or higher on the IB examination. If using AP or IB credit you can list your test score in the grade section of the worksheet.

Pacific University College of Optometry accepts online prerequisite coursework for no more than 8 semester credits or two courses; whichever is less. If taking online science prerequisite courses, it is required that labs are physical, not virtual. Online prerequisite courses will only be considered from regionally accredited colleges or universities.

After printing out and completing this planning guide, you may mail or fax it to the admissions office for an unofficial evaluation of your coursework. We will review your worksheet and send it back to you with feedback. Our contact information is:

Pacific University
Graduate Admissions
190 SE 8th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Fax: 503-352-7290 |

Please note that, due to the volume of prerequisite worksheets received, it will take approximately two weeks for you to receive the worksheet back with our comments.

We will mail a copy back to you; we will not email it. It is up to you to plan accordingly, as we do not rush the process due to individual registration needs.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option

Pacific University is dedicated to finding and educating the best future practitioners. Pacific acknowledges the non-traditional route to the optometric profession and is excited to offer a bachelor’s degree completion option for those who will not obtain a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment.

If you are intending to apply to Pacific University College of Optometry without earning a bachelor's degree prior to intended year of entry, please fill out the Bachelor's Degree Option Unofficial Prerequisite Worksheet (pdf) and send it in for review.

Applicants seeking admission under the bachelor's degree completion option need to meet all regular requirements and complete the regular admissions process. The applicant must have completed all the regular prerequisite coursework, including a minimum of 90 semester credits from an accredited college or university with the following courses:

  • 35 semester credits in the natural sciences
  • 12 semester credits in the humanities from at least two of the following disciplines: art, communications, English, history, humanities, languages, music, philosophy, religion, speech and theater
  • 12 semester credits in the social sciences from at least two of the following disciplines: anthropology, business, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology

If an applicant is admitted under the bachelor’s degree completion option, they will automatically earn credit towards a bachelor’s degree during their first year in the optometry program. At the end of the first year, they will be awarded a bachelor of science in vision science degree from Pacific University and will complete the optometry program as any other student.

There is no separate application process for applicants applying through the bachelor’s degree completion option. If you have any questions, please contact us at