|General Biology I
|General Biology II
|CH 142 and CH 143
|Integrated Chemistry Principles I with Lab
|CH 144 and CH 145
|Integrated Chemistry Principles II with Lab
|CH 232 and CH 233
|Organic Chemistry I with Lab
|Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
|PC 200 OR PC 202
|General Physics I or Introductory Physics I
|PC 201 OR PC 203
|General Physics II or Introductory Physics II
|MA 205 OR BI 305
|Elementary Statistics or Biostatistics
|Introduction to Psychology
|BI 231 and BI 232
|Microbiology I with Lab
|BI 331 and BI 332
|Microbiology II with Lab
|English Course (writing course preferred)
- Strongly recommend anatomy and physiology. Also recommend neurobiology, molecular biology, genetics, experimental and physiological psychology, foreign language (especially Spanish), sociology, economics, business courses, communication courses, and ethics.
- These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliation the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
- This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3 +_ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
- Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. James Borgardt.
- In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in optometry either during the school year or over the summer.
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Regular Progression (4 years at Juniata) OR 3 + 4 B.S./O.D Program
|General Biology with Lab
|General Chemistry with Lab
|Organic Chemistry with Lab
|Organic Chemistry with Lab (1/2 year) and 1/2 year of either Biochemistry or Molecular Biology with Labs optional but recommended
|English composition or literature
|Microbiology with Lab
|General Physics with Lab
|Statistics (math, biology, or psychology)
*or one year of any other college level math (algebra, pre-calculus, etc.) One year of Calculus is highly recommended to satisfy math requirement.
Require 90 credits minimum.
Recommend but do not require biochemistry, Calculus II, anatomy, physiology, histology, molecular biology, genetics, and experimental and physiological psychology.
Competitive credentials: In general science and overall GPA of 3.1-3.3; OAT scores of at least 300 in each subsection.
3 + 4 Salus/PCO students; minimum GPA of 3.1 and OAT scores of at least 300 in each subsection; take the OAT NO LATER than June 1st of the junior year. Apply the summer after junior year through OptomCAS.
Salus/PCO also has a year-round 36 month accelerated professional school pathway known as the Scholars Program
General Information: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home
Suggested Core Progressions for Pre-Optometry*
*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression
Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.
|PC 200 or PC 202
|PC 201 or PC 203
If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.
If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.
Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.