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University Transfer: Bachelor of Science Pre-Professional - Optometry

This program pathway is still offered at Red Deer Polytechnic!

To enter this pathway, you can apply to either the University Sciences diploma or Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Your program of application will not affect the transferability of your courses to another institution nor your ability to register in any of the courses you need for your preferred major

Learn more about all Science programs at pathways at RDP.

Bachelor's Degree

2 years at RDP - 1 year at most universities

-Main Campus
The Program

This program pathway is still offered at Red Deer Polytechnic through the new University Sciences diploma.

The Pre-Optometry program at RDP is the first two years of the three year pre-professional program required for admission to Doctor of Optometry at University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Your third year of study will be completed at a university of your choice. You must make sure you meet admission and minimum course load requirements for the professional program as well as your alternate degree program.

Program Content

Suggested Pattern Year 1

  • BIOL 217/BIOL 218 (6 credits)
  • CHEM 211/CHEM 351 (3 credits)
  • MATH 202 or MATH 203 (3 credits)
  • STAT 251 (3 credits)
  • ENGL 219 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 260 (3 credits
  • PHIL 201 or PHIL 300 (3 credits)
  • Free Electives (3 credits)

Suggested Pattern Year 2

Please contact the artscienceinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (Advisors in the School of Arts and Sciences), or refer to the Academic Advising Planning Guides

Visit RDP’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

University Transfer Program

Please note that course work for pre-professional programs varies as per university. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are taking correct pre-professional coursework when applying the a University other than specified in the Calendar.

For the most current university program and transfer information, see the Planning Guides.

International Students and Students applying outside of their home province are advised to consult the calendar of the institution to which you will be applying regarding its policy on admitting international and out-of-province students. This may vary between institutions.

Program Admission Features

Admission to the Pre-Optometry program at RDP does not guarantee admission to Doctor of Optometry at University of Waterloo. You should meet the admission requirements of the professional school, and also design your program so that you can complete a Bachelor of Science degree. Competitive admission to professional programs requires a high grade point average. You should check with universities to be aware of specific admission requirements.

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