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Pre-Health Advising
Pre-Health Advising


Optometry is a primary health care profession focusing on the visual system (eye). Optometrists do a variety of things from examining, diagnosing, treating, and managing disease, injuries and disorders of the eye. Optometry is a four-year program and requires a state license. Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, are medical doctors that have gone to medical school and done additional years of training. They are MDs or DOs and can do everything an optometrist does in addition to surgery of the eye.  The courses needed to meet the prerequisites for most medical schools are very straight-forward. Because of this, it is not too difficult to pair the pre-med curriculum with many majors on campus. But you must be committed to academic excellence.  The requirements for entry into optometry school vary from program to program but most require a year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics with additional courses in microbiology and math. For more information on optometry visit the websites of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS).