Optometry (OD)


 **We do not have an OD program at Appalachian State. This page is for informational purposes to support health profession exploration.

Degree Type

Doctorate of Optometry (OD)


Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. (source)

Typical Majors

  • Biology BS (Cell and Molecular) or BA
  • Chemistry BS 
  • Exercise Science BS 
  • Psychology BS (Natural Science or Health Studies)

You can learn about specific degree requirements from the University Bulletin.  

Clinical Exposure

Most Optometry Schools require a letter of evaluation from a practicing optometrist. So, clinical exposure in the field is necessary to be a competitive applicant.

Test Type

Optometry Admission Exam (OAT)

National Links

NC Programs




Optometry Program Comparison Sheet