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 learn concepts and perform well academically, 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 four years of graduate-level, professional education and training. There is no optometry school in Kansas; however, 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:
- English Composition I. Satisfied by ENGL 101 or ENGL 105.
- English Composition II. Satisfied by ENGL 102 or ENGL 205.
- Biology I with Lab. Satisfied by BIOL 150 or BIOL 151.
- Biology II with Lab. Satisfied by BIOL 152 or BIOL 153.
- General Chemistry I with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 130, CHEM 170 or CHEM 190.
- General Chemistry II with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 135, CHEM 175 or CHEM 195.
- Physics I with Lab. Satisfied by PHSX 114, PHSX 211 and PHSX 216, or PHSX 213.
- Physics II with Lab. Satisfied by PHSX 115, PHSX 212 and PHSX 236, or PHSX 214.
- Calculus I: Satisfied by MATH 115, MATH 121 or MATH 141.
- Microbiology with Lab. Satisfied by BIOL 400 or BIOL 401, and BIOL 402.
- Organic Chemistry with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 310, CHEM 330 or CHEM 380, and CHEM 331.
- Psychology. Satisfied by PSYC 104 or PSYC 105.
- Statistics. Satisfied by PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 365 or BIOL 570.
Most also require or recommend
- Anatomy with lab: Satisfied by BIOL 240 and BIOL 241, or BIOL 510
- Biochemistry: Satisfied by BIOL 600 or BIOL 636
- Physiology with lab: Satisfied by 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 advisor.