SUNY Optometry and 24 colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania offer an affiliation program to highly qualified students whereby students may complete a joint BS or BA degree and OD degree in just seven years instead of the usual eight.
Selected academically talented high school seniors and college freshman are admitted to an approved joint degree track at one of the 24 affiliate colleges and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional OD program at SUNY Optometry. After three years of undergraduate work at one of the affiliate colleges, upon maintaining the required academic standing, the qualified student is admitted to the SUNY College of Optometry. After the first year at SUNY Optometry, the student receives his or her baccalaureate degree from the undergraduate college. The OD degree is awarded after completing the four years at SUNY Optometry.
A student saves one year in tuition, travel and books. In addition, students who are accepted into the program simultaneously establish a candidacy for admission to the professional program. The student also receives continuous guidance from both institutions throughout the seven-year program.
Most of the students in the 3/4 Joint Degree Program are biology, chemistry undergraduate majors. However, many different majors may be accepted as long as the prerequisites for the optometry program are met.
Dated: July 5, 2022
As our requirements are subject to change from one application to the next, the following are modifications to our prerequisite course requirements:
Please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office to inquire how we can further assist you in successfully meeting our updated prerequisite course requirements at email@example.com..
Prerequisites, to be met during the three years of undergraduate college, for the professional optometry program are:
*A laboratory course is required.
The 24 colleges and universities involved in the 3/4 Joint Degree Program are listed below (additional colleges are under consideration.) More details are available from the Admission Offices and advisors at these colleges or you may call the Office of Student Affairs at SUNY State College of Optometry at (212) 938-5500 or (800) 291-3937 for more details.
All applicants must be interviewed when initially applying by a representative of the Office of Student Affairs of the SUNY College of Optometry.
To be considered when applying to undergraduate school directly from high school:
To be considered once attending a college or university:
If admitted into the 3/4 program, the following are required while attending the undergraduate college/university: