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Pre-Optometry

Type of Degree: Concentration

Optometrists provide the majority of eye care in the country, which is more than simply examining eyes and prescribing glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists diagnose and treat eye disorders and injuries, advise patients on how their health can affect their eyesight, and evaluate diagnostic tests and treatments. You'll need good communication skills to interact with patients and clearly explain eye-care issues and instructions.

How do I become an Optometrist?

To become a licensed optometrist, students must attend a professional program to earn a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. These are commonly 4 year programs. Entrance to these programs is contingent on passing the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Your Heidelberg education will prepare you for this test, which covers the areas of biology, organic chemistry, general chemistry, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and physics. 

For more information visit the American Optometric Association website

Kyle FluhartyOutcomes

Kyle Fluharty '16

Before he even graduated, Kyle learned he was accepted into the University of Pikeville College of Optometry program. He knew right away who he needed to thank. He credits the close relationships with his professors and the Heidelberg campus community for supporting him through four years of exploration and growth.

Heidelberg put me in the perfect position to reach my goals. There are endless opportunities here that helped round me out in the way professional schools were looking for.

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