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Biology / Optometry (Doctor of Optometry), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 84 months
New York City, NY, United States
St. John’s University admits selected academically talented high school seniors as biology majors and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) program at SUNY College of Optometry. Admission to this accelerated dual degree program may allow you to graduate with both B.S. and O.D. degrees in only seven years, rather than the usual eight.
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After three years of undergraduate study at St. John’s, you’ll begin study toward the O.D. degree at SUNY. Your first year of O.D. coursework will also apply toward your remaining B.S. requirements at SJU. You’ll receive your O.D. after completing the full four years at SUNY.

Through this accelerated dual degree program, you can save one year in tuition, travel, and book costs. You will also receive continuous guidance from both institutions for all seven years of study. Please note that you must submit a separate application to SUNY and are not guaranteed admission into that program.

You can gain an academic and professional edge by joining St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ honor society chapters. As a student in this accelerated dual degree program, you may have special interest in the Watson Pre-Health Honor Society and the Roger Bacon Scientific Honors Society. You may also wish to join theAmerican College of Healthcare Executives (Student ACHE), an association for students aspiring to leadership in the healthcare professions.

Career Outcomes

Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. Once you complete your O.D. degree, you will be licensed to practice, which entails performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 84 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Requirements for the biology major at SJU satisfy pre-requisites for the professional podiatry program. You will complete these requirements during your three years of undergraduate study. Your first year of study at SUNY will satisfy the remaining requirements for the B.S. degree.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Acceptance to St. John’s University as a biology major
  • Submission of SUNY Optometry Joint Degree application
  • A high school grade average of at least 93 (out of 100)
  • Evidence of community involvement

Students who apply to this program will be interviewed to evaluate their communication and interpersonal skills, as well as their demonstrated interest in the profession of optometry. Preferred candidates are in the upper ten percent of their high school classes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 84 months.
  • National

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 84 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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