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Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by BRP, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. BRP


    Feb 22, 2007
    Hi, First post in the Opt section. I have recently started looking towards optometry, but just wanted to ask you what you all thought. I originally wanted to be a Dental Student, but my grades were not/are not good enough. My overall GPA is 2.90. Obviously, i'd like to get that higher. Here are the rest of my grades

    Class Hours Grade

    Composition 1 3 B
    Public Speaking 3 B
    Composition 2 3 B
    Personal Health 3 A
    History (1877) 3 B

    Inter. Algebra 3 A
    Biology 1 4 A
    Coll. Algebra 3 A
    Poly Sci 3 B
    Psychology 3 C

    Tech and Change 3 B
    Biology 2 4 C
    Computing 1 3 B
    Geography 3 C
    Physics 4 F (Retake for C)

    Cell Bio 4 C
    Gen Chem 1 5 C
    Fund Drafting 3 A

    Anatomy 1 4 C
    Personal Finance 4 A
    Spanish 1 3 B

    So, im just wondering, where do I sit as to trying to get in? I think I need to get my overall GPA up to about a 3.1 or 3.2?? I have not taken the OAT test yet, but I don't even know if its possible, im just asking for opinions.:oops:

    Thanks, Brandon.
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  3. chrissystar

    chrissystar 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    i think you have a shot - a lot of students have gotten accepted with under 3.0. just make sure the rest of your application is well-rounded - good extracurriculars, lots of shadowing experience, good LORS, good personal statement and an excellent OAT score! generally a good OAT score can balance a poor gpa.

    P.S the OAT is very similar to the DAT - ive written both.

    good luck!
  4. chrissystar

    chrissystar 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Also, I didnt get a good look at your courses, but make sure you have the prereqs for optometry. they can be found at each school's website
  5. IDoctor

    IDoctor 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    yah, i'd give it a shot.
    you may want to put some more effort into science courses, because I dont see anything much outside of C's and one A in bio.

    get some shadowing in to put on your applications to show that you understand what you are getting into.

    and definitely try to do well on your OATs , try to aim for something well above average to standout (to show that maybe you didnt do so well in your classes, but you still understand the material well know the material). I say aim high such as 360AA/360TS. and that should put you well into the range of a decent applicant.

    Good Luck.
  6. Subiedubie

    Subiedubie Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    To the OP,
    What is you motivation for pursuing optometry as a potential career? Is it a backup to dentistry?

    I would volunteer/shadow for an optometrist to see if this is something that you genuinely find interesting. If you end up liking it, great. If not, then you'll have the security of knowing that its not the right career for you.
  7. BRP


    Feb 22, 2007

    Yes, its been my backup for dental for awhile, unfortunately I never 'hoped' to have had to use it. :(

    I am going to apply alot of effort for the rest of the semester, and try to pick up an OATS book tomorrow from the library. If I apply myself, I am smart enough to achieve it, I just have to try. Thanks for the kind words and knowing that I still have an (outside?) chance really makes my night. :oops:


  8. fonziefonz

    fonziefonz 7+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2006
    A lot of C's doesn't look really good. You might have a lot of explaining to do should you get an interview.
  9. pienfoo

    pienfoo 5+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    just retake all of your Cs in a quarter/semester. if you do well it'd be worth your while.

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