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Preoptometry is a career interest rather than a major or formal program. Students prepare by taking courses to meet optometry school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and shadowing or working in optometry practices. They take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and apply for admission to optometry schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Most people complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and major before entering optometry school.

Optometry schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training. There is no optometry school in Kansas, but there are agreements for some seats for Kansas residents at the University of Missouri—St. Louis School of Optometry, Northeastern State University of Oklahoma College of Optometry, and the Southern College of Optometry in Tennessee.

Most optometry schools require 2 semesters each of English (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102), chemistry with lab (CHEM 184 and CHEM 188), biology with lab (BIOL 150 and BIOL 152) and physics with lab (PHSX 114 and PHSX 115), and one semester each of calculus (MATH 115 or MATH 121), microbiology with lab (BIOL 400 and BIOL 402), psychology (PSYC 104), statistics (PSYC 210, MATH 365, or BIOL 570), and organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 622 and CHEM 625). Most also require or recommend 1 semester of anatomy with lab (BIOL 240 and BIOL 241, BIOL 440, or BIOL 510), biochemistry (BIOL 600), and physiology with lab (BIOL 246 and BIOL 247 or BIOL 646 and BIOL 647). Some require additional mathematics, psychology, and/or other courses.

For more information, visit the website. Call 785-864-3500 to schedule an orientation or application meeting with the premedical adviser.

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