New England School of Optometry

Admissions Requirements | Admissions

Applicants to the Doctor of Optometry program need to demonstrate at least three years of undergraduate preparation. Within this period of study the student must have credits for the following specific course work:

Doctor of Optometry Degree

Prerequisite courses form the entering knowledge base for our optometry program. Therefore to demonstrate mastery of this knowledgebase, we require a grade no lower than C in these courses. If a grade of less than C is attained in a prerequisite course the requirement may be waived if the student has received a score of no lower than 300 on the corresponding section of the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). Prerequisite courses taken at a community college may be accepted; however we strongly prefer courses taken at your College or University at which your degree will be conferred. Advanced Placement courses will be accepted if the degree-granting college has accepted the credit and the student has achieved a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test. International Baccalaureate courses will be accepted if the degree-granting college has accepted credit and the student has achieved a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Diploma Programme Examination.


The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a prerequisite for entrance. For informational materials regarding the OAT, contact the testing program using the information below:

Optometry Admission Testing Program 211 East Chicago Avenue, 6th floor Chicago, IL Phone: (312) 440-2693; (800) 232-2159 Fax: (312) 587-4105 Online at: [

Bachelor of Science in Optometry

Students who have not earned a Bachelor Degree may be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree by the College, provided they have completed 12 semester hours of humanities, 12 semester hours of social sciences, and have met other requirements set forth by the College.


All applicants to the four year Doctor of Optometry program whose native language is not English and have attended post-secondary institution where the teaching is not in English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).Results of these tests should be sent directly to the Admissions Office at the New England College of Optometry. Personal score reports are not accepted.

Information regarding the exam can be obtained by contacting:
P.O. BOX 6151
Princeton, NJ (USA)
(609) 951-1100

Accelerated Doctor of Optometry Program (AODP)

Applicants to the Accelerated Doctor of Optometry Program:

  • Hold doctorate-level degrees in a science or medicine. Graduates of the program represent such diverse fields as physics, psychology, anatomy, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, dentistry, and medicine.
  • Demonstrate high scholarship in previous graduate study, as well as a firm career commitment to optometry.

Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP)

Applicants to the Advanced Standing International Program:

  • Hold a degree from an optometric college recognized by the International Optometric and Optical League.
  • Have at least two years of full-time optometric clinical experience following graduation from an optometry college and completed within four years prior to applying to qualify for our program.

Master of Science in Vision Science Degree (MSVS/OD or MSVS Stand Alone)

  • BA or BS degree.
  • College transcripts indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA on pre-requisites for the OD program, including a course in statistics.
  • Optometric Admissions Test (OAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE general) scores.
  • An admissions essay detailing the candidate’s interests in the MS program.
  • Names and contact information for 3 references who can attest to the applicant’s analytical or research skills.

Transfer Requirements

When openings in classes permit, the College will review applications for transfer from students who are currently enrolled in other accredited schools or colleges of optometry. Acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory completion of courses equivalent to those at the New England College of Optometry. Students requesting transfer must provide a personal statement with supporting documentation demonstrating a compelling need to transfer in order to complete their optometric education. The dean at the applicant’s present optometry school is required to provide official acknowledgment of the student’s request for transfer and certification of good academic standing.

Interesting facts:

The New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest continually operating college of optometry in the United States. It was originally established as the Klein School of Optics in 1894 by Dr. August Andreas Klein, an ophthalmologist. The...

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