Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Health Care; Sciences; Pre-Optometry; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Pre-Optometry Program Concentration

If you are interested in a career in optometry, the Pre-Optometry program concentration at the University of Mary is an excellent way to prepare for optometry school and beyond.

The rigorous 10-course Pre-Optometry curriculum, which can be taken within any major, includes a strong background in biology and the sciences, as well as exciting leadership and service opportunities in and out of the classroom. At the same time, you gain valuable pre-professional preparation while working toward your bachelor’s degree at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.  

Program Highlights

  1. Designed with the future in mind

    Complete a challenging pre-professional curriculum designed to prepare you for optometry school while working toward the bachelor’s degree of your choice.

  2. Opportunities beyond the classroom

    Take part in independent research projects as well as seminars, panel discussions, and practice interviews with a focus in optometry. You will also develop a strong sense of ethics in a bachelor’s degree and pre-professional program concentration that is firmly grounded in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values of the university. 

  3. Learn from the best

    Learn from caring and experienced faculty who bring a real-world perspective to your classes at the University of Mary.

Career Outlook for Optometrists

Optometrists perform a wide range of health care activities, such as performing eye examinations and prescribing glasses and contact lenses. As the need and demand for optometrists continues to grow, the long-term outlook for a career in optometry is strong:

A growing profession

Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

In high demand

An aging population is expected to drive the need for optometrists, as vision problems typically occur later in life.

Earning potential

The median annual salary for optometrists in 2019 was $115,250.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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 four years to complete, and most students have a bachelor’s degree before entering an O.D. program.

Students are encouraged to contact the optometry school they wish to attend to ensure all program requirements are met, as admission requirements tend to vary from school to school. 

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


In addition to the Pre-Optometry concentration, you can also add the following concentrations to your bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary:

Depending on your needs, the University of Mary offers a number of alternatives for pursuing your bachelor’s degree, including programs at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as selected undergraduate programs available online and via convenient evening classes that meet one night per week.