Why choose pre-Optometry at WSU?
- You will be adequately prepared for post-graduate studies in a pre-medical professional field.
- You will have resources such as faculty, staff and advisors who have years of experience in the medical field and can offer expert advice and insight.
- You will be getting involved in a field that is exciting and can make a difference to many individuals.
What do optometrists do?
Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.
What are the graduate study requirements?
Applicants to optometry schools must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). This test is offered throughout the year the score is good for two years.
Optometrists are required to complete a four-year postgraduate degree program. The four-year program includes classroom and clinical training in geometric, physical, physiological and ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy, ocular disease, ocular myotology, ocular pharmacology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the vision system, color, form, space, movement and vision perception, design and modification of the visual environment, and vision performance and vision screening.
After graduation from an accredited school or college of optometry, optometrists must successfully complete a state board examination to become licensed to practice in that state. For more information visit the Association of Schools and College of Optometry.
Extracurricular activities are often the component of an application that makes one more competitive. Getting involved provides an opportunity for you to connect with others on campus and in the community, and will enhance your effectiveness and compassion as an optometrist.
What classes should I take now?
Is there an application process for the pre-optometry program at WSU?
There is no application deadline, but we encourage you to meet early and often with an advisor from the pre-professional programs. Contact the program office for specific information or to schedule an advisement time.
Weber State's Pre-Optometry club is a great way to gain leadership and volunteer service.
Where do I apply to Optometry School?