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Optometry OPT

Degree Type: Doctor of Optometry

College(s): Optometry

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
BIOL 438 Microbiology for Optometry 4
OPTM 511 Introduction to Optometry 1
OPTM 514 Ethics Dr-Patient Relationship 1
OPTM 524 Geom-Phys-Visual Optics 1 5
OPTM 525 Geom-Phys-Visual Optics 2 4
OPTM 526 Vision Science 1 5
OPTM 530 Biochm-Proteomics-Genomics 4
OPTM 534 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 4
OPTM 537 5
OPTM 538 3
OPTM 543 Optometric Procedures 1 5
OPTM 615 Practice Management 1 2
OPTM 627 Vision Science 2 4
OPTM 628 Ophthalmic Optics 4
OPTM 629 Opth Dispensing/Environ Vision 1
OPTM 630 General Pathology 4
OPTM 635 Neuroanatomy - Neurophysiology 3
OPTM 636 Diag-Treatment Anterior Segmen 3
OPTM 638 5
OPTM 644 Optometric Procedures 2 3
OPTM 645 Diag Accom-Binocular Dysfunct 4
OPTM 648 Contact Lenses 1 4
OPTM 650 Optometry Clinic 2-1 1
OPTM 657 Clinical Problem Solving 1 1
OPTM 717 Public Health and Optometry 3
OPTM 718 Practice Management 2 3
OPTM 730 2
OPTM 732 Pharmacological Mgmt Ocular 2
OPTM 734 Diagnosis - Treat of Glaucoma 2
OPTM 735 1
OPTM 736 Diag - Treat Posterior Segment 4
OPTM 737 Adv Ocular Disease-Surg Mgmt 2
OPTM 738 Injectable Pharmaceuticals Lab 1
OPTM 739 Clinical Neuro-Optometry 2
OPTM 741 Dev-Behavioral Pediatric Opt 4
OPTM 743 2
OPTM 745 Low Vision - Geriatric Vision 3
OPTM 746 Vision Therapy/Occup Vision 2
OPTM 749 Contact Lenses 2 2
OPTM 751 Optometry Clinic 3-1 1
OPTM 752 Optometry Clinic 3-2 6
OPTM 753 Optometry Clinic 3-3 6
OPTM 758 Clinical Problem Solving 2 1
OPTM 759 Clinical Problem Solving 3 1
OPTM 811 Web Seminar 1 1
OPTM 812 Web Seminar 2 1
OPTM 813 Web Seminar 3 1
OPTM 817 Research Project 2
OPTM 854 Clinical Practice 1 13
OPTM 855 Clinical Practice 2 13
OPTM 856 Clinical Practice 3 13

Why Choose Optometry?

The curriculum at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University is designed to produce doctors of optometry who are qualified to practice full-scope optometric care in any state and practice setting. The curriculum includes clinical training and practice under the supervision of college faculty.

The college, which meets the standards of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and is accredited by the Council on Optometric Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, operates in modern, up-to-date classrooms and labs, including an on-campus clinic. Off-campus facilities also are used to maximize clinical education.

Examples of the College's off-campus clinical affiliations include Veterans Administration hospitals, military medical facilities, optometric referral centers and prison health care facilities.

Great Career Options

The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University was established in 1975 and remains the only institution in Michigan (one of only 20 nationally) to offer an optometry program. The profession is one of the top five income-earning professions in the country and is dedicated to maximizing the visual efficiency and quality of life of patients. It encompasses the prevention and remediation of disorders of the eyes and visual systems through the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of visual problems and eye diseases.

Doctors of Optometry are primary health care providers who enjoy favorable working conditions, regular hours and a minimum of emergency calls. The profession offers many career options and great freedom in choosing a location to live and practice. Career options include private practice, group practice or institutional practice in hospitals, health centers, health maintenance organizations or corporate offices. Career options may also include post graduate residency training and further specialization. Graduates of the program report a high level of satisfaction with the career choice, income and lifestyle. Optometry is rated as the number two top careers in the "excellent" category by the U.S. News & World Report website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) must complete a minimum of three years (90 semester hours or 135 quarter term hours) of college or university education or have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to admission. An application may be submitted while the minimum requirements are being completed. The baccalaureate degree is preferred for applicants entering MCO.

Pre-professional college/university courses must include the following: general biology (one year with lab); inorganic chemistry (one year with lab); organic chemistry (one year with lab); general physics (one year with lab); microbiology (one course with lab); calculus (one course); statistics (one course); speech (one course); general psychology (one course).

Additional required courses for individuals entering without a baccalaureate degree include: English/composition (one year); humanities, 9 semester hours and behavioral science, 9 semester hours including the general psychology course above.

The following courses are recommended but not required: business management or accounting, genetics, physiology, anatomy, embryology/developmental biology, and biochemistry.

All applicants to the Michigan College of Optometry are required to complete the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), which is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge. Applications are received beginning July 1 and applications must be completed by March 1.

Graduation Requirements

The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University grants the doctor of optometry degree. Graduation requirements for the optometry degree include completion of all courses outlined in the optometry curriculum, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and recommendations for the degree by the dean and by the faculty based on academic performance and ethical and professional standards.

More Information

Ferris State University
Michigan College of Optometry
1310 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2738
Phone: 231-591-3703


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