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:

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.

Contact Info

Premedical Professions

Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 109
Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
Paul Crosby, Premedical Advisor
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