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The College of Mount Saint Vincent and the SUNY State College of Optometry sponsor both a Joint Degree Affiliation Agreement and an Early Assurance Program Agreement for students interested in pursuing the field of optometry.

Students interested in the Joint Degree Affiliation Program must apply early in the fall semester of their junior year and must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) in the spring of junior year.  An index of 3.2 at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an acceptable OAT score are required.  The Curriculum of the combined B.S./O.D. program requires the completion of at least 98 credits at the College of Mount Saint Vincent with no science or math grade below a “C”.  

Upon successful completion of the first year at SUNY State College of Optometry, the B.S. degree will be awarded by the College of Mount Saint Vincent.  The O.D. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study at SUNY State College of Optometry.   Final admission to the program resides with the Office of Student Affairs at the SUNY State College of Optometry.

Students interested in the Early Assurance Program apply by the end of their sophomore year with a minimum of 60 college credits, and must have completed at least 70% of the prerequisite science and math courses.  Following submission of all appropriate application materials, interviews will be conducted by SUNY State College of Optometry and candidates will be notified in writing of their status by August 31.  

If accepted, in the student’s final two years at Mount Saint Vincent, a minimum 3.2 overall GPA and a minimum 3.2 in science and math must be maintained.  In addition, by February of senior year, the OAT must be taken and a minimum science score of 320 must be attained.