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Inter American University School of Optometry

500 John Will Harris Rd.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00957
Phone: 787-765-1915 ext 1020
Fax: 787-756-7351
Email: admissions@inter.edu or Mr. José Colón at jcolon@inter.edu

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The Inter American University School of Optometry, located in Puerto Rico and founded in 1982, has been offering students with a desire to learn about optometry, to experience a different style of teaching through bilingual instructions in classes. The majority of classes and clinical are in Spanish while text, tests, patient records, and other forms are in English. One of the expectations the school has for its students is to be able to fluently speak Spanish.

The College of Optometry has a class size of around 60 students, and for the class entering the 2011 there were 53 students enrolled. The 2011 entering class had a mean overall GPA of 3.01 and an OAT Total Science score of 285, which is one of the lowest compared to other optometry schools for that year.


The tuition for the Puerto Rico School of Optometry for the 2011-2012 academic year was $25,5000 per year. The total for tuition for the 4 year O.D. program calculated at this rate comes out to $102,000. Please check the school for updated and accurate tuition and fees.

Education Requirements

The Inter American University School of Optometry does not require applicants to have a Bachelors degree, but requires at least 90 semester hours from an accredited institution that fulfills the prerequisite course requirements; 54 semester credit hours, below. There is also a minimum requirement of an overall GPA of 2.5 and a prerequisite GPA of 2.5 as well. The minimum average for the OAT score is 200, but changes depending on the national average score.

General Biology (6 credits)
Microbiology (3 credits)
General Chemistry (6 credits)
Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
Biochemistry (3 credits)
Calculus (3 credits)
General Physics (6 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
General Psychology (3 credits)
English (6 credits)
Humanities (6credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)

Admissions Checklist

  • School of Optometry Application- OptomCAS
  • Official academic transcripts
  • OAT Scores
  • 2 Letters of recommendation – one from an optometrist, one from applicant’s professor in science course
  • Student Health record or medical certificate
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

2008 Entering Class Profile

  • Total Applications: 164
  • # of Residents Applied: 18
  • # of Non-residents Applied:146
  • Number of Applicants Accepted: 88
  • # of Residents Accepted: 12
  • # of Non-residents Accepted:76
  • Number of Students Enrolled: 60
  • # of Enrolled with Bachelors degree: 56
  • # of Males Enrolled: 23
  • # of Females Enrolled: 37
  • # of States Represented: 21
  • Overall Average GPA: 3.05
  • Average OAT AA Score: 290
  • Average OAT Total Science Score: 290
  • Residents 1st Year Tuition and Fees: $24878
  • Non-residents 1st Year Tuition and Fees: $24878
  • Offers Advanced Standing: No

2010 National Board of Examiners for Optometry Pass Rates

  • Part 1: 76.32%
  • Part 2: 84.21%
  • Part 3: 92.11%

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