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Pre-Optometry

Independent primary health care professionals for the eye.

Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose, and treat visual problems, and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree program and obtain a license to practice in a particular state. Doctor of Optometry programs take 4 years to complete, and most students have a bachelor's degree before entering an O.D. program.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy lifelong learning
  • Curiousity about life
  • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Internship Opportunities

  • Jones Optometric Clinic
  • Optom~ Eyes
  • Total Eyewear (Dr. Wyatt Nash-Keller)
  • South Dakota Lions Eye & Tissue Bank
  • Vance Thompson Vision

Suggested Majors

  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Biochemistry (B.S.)
  • Biotechnology (B.S.)
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Microbiology (B.S.)
  • Physics (B.S.)
  • Community and Public Health (B.S.)
  • Economics (B.A./B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Health Communication
  • Health Science
  • Leadership
  • Microbiology

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Elkins Park, PA)
  • Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR)
  • Illinois College of Optometry (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Missouri- St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Midwestern University (Glendale, AZ)

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.