SKP957

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Hey,

I am currently going to my fourth year at University of Toronto and I did not know I want to do optometry until the beginning of the year. Therefore I am missing some of the pre req's for schools (not possible for me to take them at the university because of the pre req's of those courses). Would anyone suggest a post baccalaureate program or a non degree term at another university? Also how do optometry schools evaluate courses from a post baccalaureate program? Thank you :)
 

Weirdy

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Your previous post history states a GPA in the "Lower 2.0s" Even with a high OAT score, it will not make up for a low 2.0 GPA.

This is not competitive enough for optometry school. Undergraduate GPA is indicative of how the student will perform at the graduate level. OAT and standardized testing is indicative of board exams later on.

http://optometry.nova.edu/od/admissions/index.html
Nova cites "a minimum of a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale"

https://www.opt.uh.edu/future-students-residents/programs/doctor-of-optometry/class-profile-2020/
UHCO cites a complete Bachelor's degree earned before matriculating with an incoming class that has an average GPA of 3.49

http://www.uiw.edu/optometry/admissions/admissionrequirements.html
Rosenberg cites "Applicants presenting with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 and an overall OAT score below 300 are less likely to be offered an interview and are not considered favorable candidates for admission."

There are always exceptions to these numbers, but to max your chances, you need to do a post-bac or retake pre-reqs and get all As in order to get your cumulative GPA to a 3.0 at a minimum.