Course Requirements

In order to apply for admission to KYCO, each candidate must have:

Prerequisite Courses:

The Kentucky College of Optometry requires completion of the prerequisites listed below or the equivalents of these courses from any accredited college or university. Applicants must have completed 90 or more credit hours of undergraduate work; however, preference for admission will be given to those with an earned bachelor’s degree. If you have questions about the applicability of your coursework, please email kycoadmissions@upike.edu.


Required CoursesNumber of Courses
Biology or Zoology with Lab2 Semesters (or 3 quarters)
Inorganic/General Chemistry with Lab2 Semesters (or 3 quarters)
Organic Chemistry with Lab1 Semester (or 2 quarters)
General Physics with Lab2 Semester (or 3 quarters)
Calculus or College Mathematics
1 Semester (or 2 quarters)
2 Semester (or 3 quarters)

Psychology1 Semester (or 2 quarters)
English2 Semester (or 3 quarters)

Recommended Courses

Number of Courses
Anatomy1 Semesters (or 2 quarters)
Physiology1 Semesters (or 2 quarters)
Microbiology or Bacteriology1 Semesters (or 2 quarters)
Biochemistry or Molecular Biology1 Semesters (or 2 quarters)
Statistics1 Semesters (or 2 quarters)

Additional recommended elective courses include

Histology, Embryology, Immunology, Genetics, Ethics and Computer Science


Age of coursework rule:

The admissions committee requires all science prerequisites to have been completed within the last 10 years. If you have taken prerequisites in the past that are now greater than 10 years old, you will need to repeat the coursework.

Online, CLEP, AP and IB Courses

KYCO accepts Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit as long as those credits were accepted at your accredited undergraduate institution and appear on your transcript. All lab work must be completed in person. We do not accept online laboratory coursework. The lecture portion of coursework may be completed at an accredited online university and is considered on a case-by-case basis.