Optometrist giving eye exam to patient
  • Program Type
    Concentration
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Prepare for a career in optometry. Become an ethical, compassionate servant leader in the health care profession.

What You’ll Learn

Your coursework will have a strong focus on biology and the sciences, preparing you for acceptance to a Doctor of Optometry degree program. The 10-course pre-optometry concentration can be taken with any Mary undergraduate program, though a majority of our students major in biology.

Prepare for optometry school.

In addition to your coursework, you can engage in independent research projects, seminars, practice interviews, and panel discussions that will help you get into optometry school.

Be mentored by experienced faculty.

You’ll receive individual attention in small-class settings and work closely with faculty who are distinguished educators and recognized leaders in their areas.

Gain real-world experience.

Local optometry clinics provide employment opportunities – providing hands-on experience with optical equipment and procedures,

Strengthen your skills of servant leadership.

Develop the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values of servant leadership that distinguish a Mary education and are much-needed in the health care profession.

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady growth in the employment of optometrists through 2029. Because vision problems increase later in life, the demand for experienced professionals in the field will grow as the population ages.

Career Paths

  • Optometrist
  • Health care administrator
  • Educator

Take Your Next Step in the Pre-Optometry Concentration