Diploma of Pre-Optometry Sciences

Program description

Osler Education’s Diploma of Pre-Optometry Sciences program provides aspiring medical and healthcare students with the prerequisites required for attending international optometry schools. This program plays an important, intermediary role in a student's educational path. We enable our students to partake in greater learning opportunities through our Diploma Pre-Optometry Sciences program. Our knowledgeable and professional instructors not only educate but also tutor and advise students throughout the course of their study. Students are instructed based on a rigorous curriculum, which will set a solid foundation for students to build upon in their future studies.

Semester 1

  • General Chemistry
  • This course will introduce basic concepts in physical and inorganic chemistry.

  • Foundation Biology
  • This course aim to explain the role of macromolecules in the organization of cells and the compartmentalization of metabolic reactions, as well as the role of the cell cycle with regards to inheritance.

  • Physics I
  • This course focuses on linear kinematics, work, power and energy, momentum and a brief introduction to heat, thermodynamics and sound. It is designed for students to understand the basic principles of mechanics, heat and sound.

  • Medical Terminology
  • This course covers the necessary terminology used by healthcare professionals worldwide. Students will learn to recognize word roots, prefixes, and suffixes used in medicine language today. Learn how to combine words used in medical conditions as well as comprehend their definition and know the correct spelling. This course will cover medical terms related to all major systems, including: muscular system, skeletal system, respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, reproductive system, and urinary system. By the end of the course students will be able to identify the major organs, structures and accessory components of the special sensory systems and describe their functions.

  • Community Health and Wellness I
  • Throughout this course, students are taught how to screen for important health risk indicators as well as the importance of carrying out preventive screening tests. Students apply these skills towards patients at various voluntary community health screenings and wellness seminars.

Semester 2

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • This course will introduce students to the structural and physical characteristics of organic compounds. Furthermore, this course will touch upon reactions of various compounds and will be further examined during the second semester of organic chemistry. This course will allow students to understand and apply basic foundations of organic chemical reactions and properties to complex problems.

  • Cell Biology and Histology
  • This course develops the necessary understanding of how the cell functions at the cellular, organelle and molecular levels. Students are exposed to a wide variety of topics, such as cell structures and their functions, membrane transport, signal transduction, DNA replication and repair, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression. Additional topics include replication and transcription of the genome; regulation of the cell cycle and mitosis; protein biosynthesis and membrane targeting; cell motility and the cytoskeleton; signal transduction; nerve and muscle function. Lectures also deal with signal transduction processes and cellular functions that are required for cell growth and programmed cell death.

  • Physics II
  • This course is a continuation of Physics I. Students will get an introduction to basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, alternating current, electric fields and optics.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • This course covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Students will be introduced to common human disease processes.

  • Community Health and Wellness II
  • Throughout this course, students are taught how to screen for important health risk indicators as well as the importance of carrying out preventive screening tests. Students apply these skills towards patients at various voluntary community health screenings and wellness seminars.

Semester 3

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • This is an advanced course in structure and reactivity of functional groups (aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, organ metallic compounds, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines and amino acids).

  • Medical Ethics
  • This course will review the moral principles that apply to clinical medicine as well as treatment plans.

  • Physics III
  • This course is a continuation of Physics II and is designed to provide a more advanced look into the role physics has in the medical field and human body.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • This course is a continuation of human anatomy and physiology I. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

  • Community Health and Wellness III
  • Throughout this course, students are taught how to screen for important health risk indicators as well as the importance of carrying out preventive screening tests. Students apply these skills towards patients at various voluntary community health screenings and wellness seminars.

The objective of the Pre-Optometry Sciences program is to facilitate an accessible pathway for pre-optometry students to complete the accelerated diploma program and lead onto their future educational path in medicine by studying at international optometry schools.

The Diploma of Pre-Optometry Sciences program is a three-semester lecture style program. The program consists of three 14-week semesters (42 weeks total) and students earn a total of 150 credits upon completion of the program. It is recommended that notes are taken during class and the Instructors will provide a list of recommended textbook that will be required for the program. The textbook will be a useful source to follow and even after the courses are complete. Students will undergo various testing methods including quizzes, tests, midterm exams, final exams and assignments.

This program is for aspiring optometry school students who would like to get an in-depth knowledge and foundation as well as get the require prerequisites to attend an international optometry school. This program plays an important intermediary role in a student’s educational path. We enable our students to partake in greater learning opportunities provided through the program.

What are the registration requirements?
  • Completed application form

  • Official transcript(s) from high-school or post-secondary school with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (“B” grade)

  • Color photograph of the applicant

  • Resume or Personal Statement. A personal statement is summary of the students’ interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. that can classify the student as a suitable candidate for the program of their interest. Please limit personal statements to 500 words.

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, employer, work/volunteer supervisor or any professional individual that is not personally related with the applicant.

  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS – 6.0 or better); if applicable.

What credential will be awarded upon completion of the Program

Upon successful completion of all academic and financial obligations, students will receive a Diploma of Pre-Optometry Sciences.

Program delivery

This program is available in-class and through distance education (online).

  • Fee $225
  • Duration 42 weeks
  • Credit 180
  • Semester 3