Program Requirements for the 3+4 Accelerated Program in Optometry


3+4 Accelerated Program in Optometry

In addition to course requirements, to remain in the program students must maintain a cumulative Penn State Behrend GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale and earn a grade of C or better in all Penn State Behrend courses. Students will meet with a program adviser who will provide counseling, evaluate performance, and monitor student progress on application documentation. Penn State Behrend reserves the right to dismiss students for academic or disciplinary reasons.

Phase I

Typical Course Sequence

Students in Phase I of the Accelerated Program in Optometry must follow the Recommended Academic Plan for the Health Professions option of the Biology degree.


Semester 1 Credits   Semester 2 Credits
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity 4 Biology: Function and Development of Organs 4
Rhetoric and Composition 3 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
Chemical Principles I 3 Experimental Chemistry II 1
Experimental Chemistry I 1 Chemical Principles II 3
Health and Physical Activity 1.5 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Arts course 3 Humanities course 3
Total Credits 16.5 Total Credits 16.5
Semester 3     Semester 4  
Biology: Populations and Communities 4 Biology: Molecules and Cells 4
Organic Chemistry I 3 Organic Chemistry II w/lab 5
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4 Effective Speech 3
Social and Behavioral Science course 3 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
Humanities course 3 Arts Course 3
Total Credits 17 Supporting Course from School Approved List 1
    Total Credits 19
Semester 5     Semester 6  
Genetic Analysis 3 General Biochemistry w/lab 4
Introductory Microbiology w/lab 5 Approved supporting course 3
Introductory Physics I 4 Effective Writing: Technical Writing 3
Approved supporting course 3 Introductory Physics II 4
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 4 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Total Credits 19 Total Credits 17

Optometry Admissions Test: The OAT should be taken no later than March 31 of the student's junior year.

Phase II

See the curriculum for OSU's Optometry Program for course requirements.

Conferral of B.S. Degree: Penn State Behrend will confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology to students in the program who have successfully completed the Penn State Behrend courses in Phase I (minimum 103 credits) and the first year of Ohio State University College of Optometry’s academic curriculum.

Conferral of O.D. Degree: Ohio State University will confer the Doctor of Optometry degree to students who have succesfully completed their course and clinical requirements.