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Your path to Optometry school starts here …

Navigating the path to optometry school can be complex. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

Plan Your Path to Optometry School

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Choose Your Ideal Optometry School: Plan your UIS academic schedule based on the prerequisites of your chosen optometry school, considering factors like location, student body, and curriculum. Pursue the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, and utilize resources from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, including their school listings.

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Plan Your Course of Study: Your journey to an optometry school requires careful planning. From selecting the right prerequisites to aligning your courses with optometry school requirements, our advisors are here to tailor a plan that suits your goals.

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Join our Pre-Health Community: Benefit from transformative support and connections, including mentorship, hands-on experiences, and collaborative projects, all essential for your healthcare journey. Engage with our community of faculty, staff, students, and professional mentors.

Typical PA Program Requirements What to take at UIS
General Chemistry - 2 semestersGENERAL CHEMISTRY – CHE 141 AND CHE 142
Organic Chemistry - 2 semestersORGANIC CHEMISTRY – CHE 267/268 AND CHE 269/271
Biology - 2 semestersBIOLOGY – BIO 141 AND BIO 142
microbiology – 1 semesterMICROBIOLOGY – BIO 231/232 or BIO 495
Anatomy and Physiology – 2 SemestersANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – BIO 201/202 OR BIO 429/431
Math – 2 SemestersMATH – MAT 115 AND MAT 121
English – 2 SemestersENGLISH – 2 SEMESTERS
Psychology – 1 SemesterPSYCHOLOGY – PSY 101
CommunicationCOMMUNICATION – COM 112
Note: Some classes require prerequisites—Be sure to plan your path with an advisor.

General Advice

Thinking of becoming an eye doctor? There are plenty of good reasons why you'd want to. A Doctor of Optometry enjoys a career that is rewarding in every single way. Check out the ASCO’s “Why Optometry” resources.

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