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3+4 Accelerated Program in Optometry

Phase I - Penn State Behrend

Students will be admitted, on a competitive basis, to the Penn State Behrend phase of the program based upon the following minimum criteria:

  • SAT combined math and verbal score of 1200
  • High school GPA of 3.5 and high school rank in top 25% of class;
  • Additional evidence of scholarly and professional potential and desire to become a primary care physician.
  • Preference given to Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and southwestern New York residents from rural areas, but highly qualified applicants from other geographic locations will also be considered.

Application Process

To apply for Phase I of the 3 + 4 Accelerated Program in Optometry contact:

Dr. Michael W. Justik, Health Professions Adviser

Application will include evidence of your high school performance, a letter indicating your interest in a career in optometry, and an interview conducted on the Penn State Behrend campus.

If you meet the minimum requirements of the program and show a strong interest in optometry, as evidenced by your letter, an interview will be arranged at Penn State Behrend. Admission to Phase I is granted on a competitive basis, with the applicant's record and interview included in the decision. Admission to Phase I grants the successful applicant conditional acceptance into Phase II. Acceptance into Phase II is based on the conditions outlined herein and is administered by OSU.

Phase II - Ohio State University

Final acceptance of candidates to Phase II of the program will be determined by the Ohio State University College of Optometry.
An automatic invitation to interview at the College of Optometry will be granted if the student participating in the Accelerated Program meets the following criteria while attending Penn State Behrend:

  • A minimal overall grade point average at Penn State Behrend of 3.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in science courses;
  • The Optometry Admission Test (“OAT”) taken no later than March 31 of the student’s junior year and earned minimum scores of 320 science, 320 academic average, and above 300 in each subcategory.
  • Observed at least two optometric practices.
  • Received a favorable letter of recommendation from the Penn State Behrend Health and Allied Health Professions Advisor.
  • Met the application deadline of March 31st.

See the OSU School of Optometry Admissions Requirements for more information.

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