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Accelerated Joint Degree Program

B.S and O.D.

Eligibility Requirements and Suggested Curriculum

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants to the Pre-Optometry articulation between the University of Hartford and the New England College of Optometry must be outstanding students with a strong, realistic motivation towards the optometric profession. Acceptance to the program will normally require a student to:

  • Maintain at least a "B" average during their first three years of high school.
  • Rank in the upper ten percent of their high-school class.
  • Obtain a combined score of at least 1100 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
To be eligible for admission to the New England College of Optometry (NEWENCO) O.D. program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Send a letter of intent to NEWENCO upon matriculation at the University of Hartford.
  • Complete ninety (90) credits of course work by the end of the third year at the University of Hartford.
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 overall with a minimum grade of "C" in all required courses.
  • Submit an application for admission to NEWENCO at the beginning of the final year of pre-professional study at the University of Hartford.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).
  • Obtain a recommendation for admissions to NEWENCO from the health-science, pre-optometry advisor and/or a letter of recommendation from the University of Hartford Premedical Professions Advisory Committee.
  • Complete all application procedures, including a satisfactory interview with the Admissions Committee at NEWENCO.

Year I

BIO 122 or
BIO 212
Biological Sciences or
Anatomy & Physiology

CH 110 College Chemistry I 4
M140 or
Precalc with Trig or
Calculus I

RPW 110 or
RPW 210
Reading & Writing I or
Foundations of Argument
ENHP 140 or
DIA 100
ENHP Dialogue or
A&S Dialogue

  Total Credits: 16
BIO 123 or
BIO 213
Biological Sciences or
Anatomy & Physiology

CH 111 College Chemistry II 4
RLC 111 Composition II 3
AUCW Western Heritage 3
PPS 100 and
PPS 200
Premed Studies I and
Premed Studies II
  Total Credits: 16

Year II

CS 110 Intro to Computers 3
CH 230 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 120 Intro to Physics I 4
HS 111 Intro to Health Concepts 3
POL 100 American Government 3
PPS 300 Premed Studies III 1
  Total Credits: 18
BIO 272W,273W Genetics 4
CH 231 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 121 Intro to Physics II 4
English 140 Intro to Literature 3
  Total Credits: 15

Year III

BIO 352 Cell Biology 4
BIO 440,442 Microbiology 4
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
AUCC Other Cultures 3
Humanities Elective 3
  Total Credits: 17
BIO 444,445 Biochemistry 5
M114 Statistics 3
AUCS Social Context 3
EC 211 Micro economics 3
AUCA Arts 3
  Total Credits: 17

Year IV

Attendance at New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA.

Pre-professional students must send a letter of intention to the Office of Admission at the appropriate school upon matriculation at the University of Hartford. Students are expected to complete at least ninty (90) credits at the University and maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average (3.40 for optometry) overall, with a minimum grade of "C" in all required courses. Admission to the professional school is contingent on the student's successful completion of all prerequisite courses and all application procedures of the professional school, which may include an interview with the Admissions Committee of that school.
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