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3+4 Joint Degree Program (SUNY College of Optometry)

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SUNY College of Optometry 3/4 B.S./O.D. Joint Degree Program

Bachelor of Science Degree from Adelphi University/Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry

Adelphi University has a 3+4 joint degree program with SUNY College of Optometry which students’ study for three years at Adelphi. After completing 90 credits at Adelphi, students begin their first year of optometry school which counts as the final 30 credits needed to be eligible for the bachelor’s degree at Adelphi. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded by Adelphi University after the first year of optometry school. After successful completion of the fourth year at SUNY Optometry, students are eligible for the O.D. degree.

For more information on the program academic/standardized test requirements and the application deadline, please
click hereEligibility to this program unlimited.

3+4 Admissions Eligibility Requirements 

  • Completion of at least (90) credits of course work at Adelphi, including completion of all General Education requirements, all major coursework and the following pre-requisite coursework:
       o Biology with lab: BIO 111  & BIO 112   
       o Chemistry with lab: CHE 111  & CHE 112   
       o Organic Chemistry with lab: CHE 251  /CHE 253   CHE 252  /CHE 254  
       o Physics with lab: PHY 111  or PHY 113  ; PHY 112  or PHY 114   
       o Calculus: MTH 141 MTH 142    (Pre-Calc can also meet the requirement as of July 2022)
       o 2 Semesters of English
       o Psychology: PIA 101   
       o Sociology: SOC 100   
       o Statistics: MTH 113  or MTH 114   
       o Strongly recommend:
           Biochemistry: CHE 471 /CHE 473   or BIO 504 , Microbiology: BIO 238 , Cell Biology: BIO 365 , Molecular Biology: BIO 506 , Anatomy & Physiology: BIO 203  and BIO 204  
  • Maintain a 3.3 GPA overall GPA and 3.3 in all science and math coursework.
  • No grade lower than a “C”
  • Take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) in the fall of junior year. OAT scores including Total Science of 330 or above should be reported.
  • Submit OptomCAS Application no later than December 31 of junior year.
  • Received favorable recommendation from the Adelphi Pre-Health Council.

For additional information, please contact Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships at (516) 877-3140 or preferably email oppaf@adelphi.edu.



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