About the Pre-Optometry Program
Doctors of optometry are health-care professionals who examine, diagnose, test and manage diseases and disorders of the eye and its associated structures. In addition to their routine duties, optometrists regularly diagnose systemic diseases such as diabetes and arteriosclerosis during their examinations. Most optometry schools, like other health professional schools, have a four-year program that is equally devoted to in-class lecture and clinical experience. In order to get into optometry school, potential students must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Requirements beyond core classes include: BIOL 205: Human Anatomy, BIOL 206: Human Physiology, BIOL 208: Microbiology, BIOL/CHEM 336 Biochemistry, PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology and three additional hours in psychology.
Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: DAY-CHEM 115 or CHEM 208 or CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 102.
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.
Prerequisite: Day-BIOL 172. CCPS-Co-requisite: BIOL 181-L.
This course will apply the knowledge acquired in BIOL 172 to the inheritance patterns of genetic traits between individuals and within populations. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: DAY- BIOL 181. CCPS-BIOL 172.
An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.
A lecture course that covers analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include statistical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, eletroanalytical techniques and fundamentals of spectroscopy.
A laboratory course designed to give students experiences with analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include data analysis, chemical equilibria (acid-base and complexation), redox titrations and spectroscopy.
A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.
A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238.
This lecture course is an in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics and alcohols. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, and theory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L.
This laboratory course introduces the organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 327.
A lecture course that studies the structure and function of biological molecules. Topics include enzyme kinetics, synthesis and degradation of biological molecules, and energy production. Emphasis will be placed on enzyme mechanisms and regulation.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315.
This lecture course continues in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of carbonyl containing compounds and amines. Topics include spectroscopy, mechanisms, theory and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.
A laboratory course that continues development of organic lab skills and techniques. Topics covered will include multi-step synthesis, open- ended projects involving experimental design and an introduction to enzyme catalysis and stereochemical control.
This course introduces students to the expectations of academic work at the collegiate level. Particular emphasis lies on developing students’ skills in writing, critical thinking and information literacy. Each course section has its own theme, developed by faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines.
Expository writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice and audience.
Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra.
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry.
A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.
Co-requisite: MATH 231.
The principles of Newtonian mechanics including motion, energy, and force. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 211.
Continuation of Newtonian mechanics, including working, 2-d motion, impulse-momentum, and circular motion. Also electrical and magnetic properties of matter, fields and forces, and DC circuits. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered spring semester.
Undergraduate students interested in the optometry field often major in biology, chemistry, or both. Optometry is a program and is not considered a major. A Bachelor's degree is required prior to matriculation into optometry school.
The Optometry Admission Test is a standardized test designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is computerized and prospective students may take it an unlimited number of times. However, only scores from the four most recent attempts, as well as the number of times the test was taken, will be reported. The test consists of four sections: survey of the natural sciences, reading comprehension, physics, and quantitative reasoning. Success on the test requires at least one year of collegiate education, including courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. All schools of optometry require the OAT.
Internships and Clinical Experience
Drury also strongly recommends that students spend time in a clinical setting. The experience that the student gains will not only give them a better understanding of the optometry profession, but these experiences let optometry schools know that an applicant has firsthand knowledge of the profession. A Drury University student has the advantage of contacts with local alumni, who can provide students with both shadowing opportunities and in some cases internships. Other internships can be arranged through the Career Planning and Development.
Northeastern State University College of Optometry is located in northeastern Oklahoma, and is dedicated to creating optometrists that show a commitment to life-long learning and bettering society. NSUOCO accomplishes this by increasing student involvement in the community with such programs as providing eye care to the Cherokee Nation. This partnership with NSUOCO allows students to have a unique hands-on experience outside of the classroom, while improving the health of a deserving population. NSUOCO stands out from the rest by providing students with residency training and continuing optometric educayion upon graduation from the optometry school.
As one of the leading schools of optometry in the nation, Southern College of Optometry consistently produces exceptional optometrists that are practicing across all 50 states and even abroad. Students of SCO are able to enjoy an interesting and wonderful opportunity of learning from hands-on experiences in one of the largest and most advanced eye care centers in the nation, The Eye Center. Working along side 60 faculty members, students are able to provide eye care to the Memphis, Tennessee community. It is through such experiences that SCO creates distinguished optometrists dedicated to serving others.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Optometry believes that optometrists should provide outstanding eye care in order to improve the quality of life of members from the community. To do this, University of Missouri focuses on educating students with the latest information from the optometry field to enhance the quality of care given to patients. University of Missouri offers residency programs in the areas of Cornea and Contact Lenses and Pediatrics and Binocular Vision. Students also have the option of pursuing an M.S. or Ph. D. degree in Vision Science through the university’s outstanding graduate program.