Students will be admitted, on a competitive basis, to the Penn State Behrend phase of the program based upon the following minimum criteria:
1. To begin the application process, apply to Penn State University. Please indicate Penn State Erie as your first choice for Campus Location and Biology as your choice of major.
Applying for the Accelerated Program is a separate application, as this Accelerated program is only offered at the Erie campus.
2. Next, apply for Phase I of the 3 + 4 Accelerated Program in Optometry by completing this Application Form.
3. Acceptance to Phase I of the program is determined by Penn State Behrend Pre-Health committee members. You will be notified upon completion of this process.
If you have any questions, you may contact:
Dr. Michael W. Justik, Pre-Optometry Adviser and Health Professions Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-898-6105.
Since admission to Phase I is granted on a competitive basis and there are a limited number of openings, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. 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.
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:
See the OSU School of Optometry Admissions Requirements for more information.