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Optometry (Professional)

University of Missouri–St. Louis

48 months
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The Optometry (Professional) program from University of Missouri–St. Louis currently offer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree and Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years instead of the traditional eight year plan.

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Key Features

The 3+4 Optometry (Professional) program from University of Missouri–St. Louis includes a rigorous dedicated course track, and is designed to prepare the student for admission into the OD program at UMSL Optometry1. Students who are part of the Optometry 3+4 Program will earn a Bachelor's of Liberal Studies degree after the completion of their first year of the optometry program.

Students must fill out the Bachelor's of Liberal Studies (BLS) Application as part of compliance with the 3+4 Program; however, if they are approved to pursue a Biology degree, this requirement is waived, but will include additional Biology courses.

Once admitted into the College of Optometry, students will receive their BLS after the completion of their first semester. Students must apply for undergraduate graduation prior to matriculation into the College of Optometry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Doctors of Optometry must have an established knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences in order to provide quality eye and vision care to their patients.  
  • The academic foundation must be broad and include the biological, medical, vision and optical sciences, as well as a basic understanding of the health care delivery system. 
  • A doctor of Optometry must recognize the dynamic nature of knowledge and possess the commitment and skills needed to responsibly assess and apply new information and treatment strategies throughout their career. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA, and receive a "B" or higher in all required courses
  • Students must earn an overall score of 300 or higher on the OAT and no score lower than a 280 in any section
  • Students will apply through OptomCAS for consideration of admission into the College of Optometry during the student's third year of their undergraduate program


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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