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Whether you study here for one year, two years, or for an entire degree, King's is a great place to prepare for future professional studies. Begin your studies in a faith-based environment before continuing your education elsewhere.

What is Optometry? 

Doctors of Optometry provide comprehensive eye examinations that determine both quality of vision and the overall health of your eyes. They are the primary care providers offering a convenient one-stop destination for all things eye health related, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, health information, and eyewear products.


Most students become optometrists but may work in other environments such as hospitals or doctor’s offices. They may also choose to specialize, for example, to work with children.

Admission recommendations

King’s offers three years of undergraduate science study for admission into the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. The required courses need to be researched for specific course transfer into the University of Waterloo. Any course not offered may be taken with other arrangements. A four-year undergraduate degree in science is highly recommended before applying to the Optometry program. As the only university in Canada which offers Optometry, it is advised that a student’s GPA be above 3.42 or 79%.

After beginning your degree at King's, you can transfer to the following universities:

Optometry at: University of Waterloo

Doctor of Optometry requirements:

  • requires at least three years of undergraduate science study
  • requires successful scores on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 or 75%
  • required courses include:
    • 6 credits each of: General Biology, Physiology, Physics
    • 3 credits each of: Genetics, Microbiology, Human Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Math, Calculus, Statistics, Intro Psychology, Philosophical, Ethics, and English.

Optometry at: Université de Montreal

Doctor of Optometry (French instruction)

Recommended first degree at King's:

Bachelor of Science

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