Optometry (SUNY College of Optometry)

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The Biology Pre-Professional programs provide students with an opportunity to earn a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a graduate degree from a number of cooperating professional school programs in the following fields:

1. Audiology (Bloomsburg University of PA)
2. Chiropractic (NY Chiropractic College)
3. Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)
4. Optometry (SUNY College of Optometry)
5. Physician Assistant (UMDNJ-SHRP)
6. Physical Therapy (UMDNJ-SHRP)
7. Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

In most of the pre-professional programs, students take three years of required courses at Felician, with their first year of professional school courses counting toward their fourth year for the B.S. (The exception is Occupational Therapy, which requires a four-year sequence of courses at Felician.) An additional 2-3 years at the professional school is needed for the graduate degree (duration depending on whether a Masters or Doctorate is needed).

Students should declare their intention to pursue a specific articulated program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses. Note that each program has a GPA requirement for entry into the cooperating professional school, and may have other qualifications as indicated in the individual program requirements summarized below.

In each program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all science and math courses.

Optometry Program

The Optometry Program (OD) is an articulated program coordinated with SUNY College of Optometry (http://www.sunyopt.edu/) providing a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a Doctor of Optometry from SUNY College of Optometry.

Doctors of Optometry (optometrists) are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. Doctors of Optometry are licensed to use and prescribe diagnostic pharmaceuticals. They also prescribe lenses, eyeglasses, vision therapy, and other corrective procedures.

Students in the Optometry Program spend about three years at Felician College completing 100 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and Core Curriculum and 53 credits in the required pre-professional Core). Students must apply for admission for their professional coursework to SUNY College of Optometry. Applicants must earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.30 and a GPA of 3.30 in math and science courses with all grades at least a “C.” Upon successful completion of their first year of courses at SUNY College of Optometry, Felician College will award the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Degree Requirements
All students must:
1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 and a 3.3 in math and science courses with no individual grade below a “C”;
2. Take the Optometric Admission Test in the 3rd undergraduate year and attain a Total Science (TS) score of at least 330;
3. Have submitted the required letters of recommendation (must be positive);
4. Submit all transcripts of academic work;
5. Show evidence of community involvement;
6. Explore the profession extensively by visiting several optometric practices to become knowledgeable about optometry;
7. Submit the routine application required of all students during your 3rd undergraduate year;
8. Submit to a final interview at the SUNY College of Optometry during your 3rd undergraduate year, at which good communication skills, community service and knowledge of the profession can be demonstrated; and
9. Meet all the requirements of graduation for the undergraduate college/university attended.
10. Students who wish to participate in the Articulation must request the Felician Admissions Office to send their High School transcripts, SAT’s and high school letters of recommendation to the SUNY OPT Admissions Office, preferably upon admission to Felician College, and no later than the beginning of the Sophomore year. Students must also participate in a yearly interview with a representative of the SUNY OPT program. The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school. Biology. Upon completion of the remainder of the required coursework (approximately three years) SUNY State College of Optometry will award the Degree of Doctor of Optometry (OD).

Course Requirements (100 Credits)

(Revised: May 2012)
Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Source Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 The Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (35 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
_____ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECO, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
MATH 161* Precalculus 4
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 4
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYE 100 * Freshman Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshman Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (53 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry (OR CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II) 4
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3
MATH 262 Calculus I 4

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan)

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Dr. Alfredo Castro
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Gaby Fahmy
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Barry Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Robert Rogers
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Wei Shi
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Edward Siden
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Marjorie Squires
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Department of Natural Sciences

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