Three-Plus-Four Optometry

This program option provides for three years of study at SUNY Plattsburgh followed by four years of study at the New York State School of Optometry. If you are sure that you want to be an optometrist, this is a great opportunity to become an optometrist while saving one year's worth of tuition. Qualified applicants must be freshmen or sophomores and meet minimum criteria for High School, SAT/ACT, and college achievement (see below). Candidates will be interviewed by the Pre-Optometry Advisory Committee on campus and a representative of the New York State School of Optometry. Upon successful completion of the first year of study at the New York State School of Optometry, students will be awarded the B.A. in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh. The curriculum of study at Plattsburgh includes the General Education Program plus basic courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus.

Pre-Optometry Advisory Committee (PrOAC): D. Slish (chairperson), J. Marchut-Conrad, C. Gregoire

Minimum Criteria for Acceptance

If applying as an incoming freshman: High School transcripts must have a 92% or better average and SAT score minimum is 1300 total (at least 670 math and 550 Verbal) or an ACT minimum of 32.

If your High School grades or SATs were not this good, you can still apply in your second year, after you have a record of achievement at SUNY Plattsburgh. If this is the case, you must have ≥3.3 overall GPA, ≥3.3 CUM in math and science courses, and no grade <C in these math and science courses.

To Apply

In order to apply, you will need to submit a file to the PrOAC with the following information:

  1. A letter of intent describing optometry, the role of the optometrist, and your reasons for wanting to enter this profession (1-2 pages).
  2. Documentation of minimum criteria (official High School transcripts and SAT/ACT scores or SUNY Plattsburgh transcripts).

When a file is complete, the PrOAC will interview the candidate to access maturity and motivation to become an optometrist. The ProAC will then set up an interview with the candidate and a representative of SUNY Optometry.

After acceptance

Candidates who successfully enter this program will be monitored to ensure that they stay on track to enter SUNY Optometry after their third year. Candidates will meet with a member of the committee at the beginning of each semester to review grades and other optometry related activities (shadowing local optometrists, etc.).

Please let me know if you are interested in applying to this program. You are welcome to come by my office in Beaumont 304B (or that of the other members of the PrOAC) at any time.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the pre-health professions advisement, please contact

Donald Slish
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Beaumont Hall 304B
Phone: (518) 564-5160
Email: slishdf@plattsburgh.edu