Prerequisite Courses

The following 56 credits are required from a regionally accredited college or university and must fulfill all College requirements regarding the acceptance of transfer credit. While students are strongly encouraged to complete all 56 credits prior to enrollment, students lacking up to 8 credits of the 56 prerequisite credits may be considered for admission with the understanding that all prerequisite courses will be completed within one year of entry into the program.  If in doubt of the suitability of the following prerequisite courses, please contact the CHP Office of Admissions.

NOTE:  Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript. 

Our Advisor’s Manual, a guide to taking these prerequisites at various institutions in Arkansas, is available by clicking the button below.

Download the Advisor's Manual for Ophthalmic Medical Technology
Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Credits
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication*3
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
Principles of biology course w/ laboratory4
Anatomy & Physiology Course/courses w/ laboratory that covers all body systems**8
Microbiology with laboratory4
Principles of chemistry course w/ laboratory4
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
History of the United States or National Government3
General Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Elective Course(s)9

*Due to rules set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs, Speech Communication is a required prerequisite and cannot be substituted by an additional Fine Arts/Humanities course.

**A single 4 credit anatomy & physiology course covering all body systems must be preapproved by the OMT department.  If approved, 4 credits of elective coursework must be completed in order to meet the 120 credit program requirement.

Science courses must be suitable for majors in those disciplines and must include laboratory credit in required courses. Other courses may fulfill the program’s requirements. Contact the CHP Office of Admissions for course approval. If completed seven or more years prior to application, knowledge should be updated by taking appropriate current courses in Microbiology. CLEP credits are not acceptable to fulfill biological science requirements.

Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be used to satisfy any of the prerequisite courses for this program.

Marks of Pass/Credit will be considered grades of C and marks of Fail/No Credit will be considered grades of F for admission purposes.

Fulfillment of the prerequisite does not assure admittance into the professional program.