Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Traditional Program

Financial Planning

Books and Equipment

Required and recommended books may be purchased through the University Bookstore on the Elkins Park campus. In addition, it is necessary for optometric students to possess a number of instruments, which are available at the Bookstore. First-year optometry students can expect to pay approximately $4,000 for their books and equipment.

Living Expenses

In planning for living expenses, students should consider room, board, transportation, medical, dental and personal expenses. The College provides a comprehensive healthcare program option. Third and fourth-year students need to consider the costs relative to required externships, during which time they may be outside of the Philadelphia area. Students must provide their own transportation and housing during these assignments.