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About the Pre-Optometry Program


An optometrist is a healthcare professional specialized in providing primary eye care services. Optometrists perform eye examinations to assess vision health, diagnose for nearsightedness or farsightedness, and prescribe corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses. Optometrists also check for eye conditions and diseases like glaucoma, and often refer patients to ophthalmologists for further treatment. They may also offer vision therapy, prescribe medications for certain eye conditions, and provide education for overall eye health. Learn more about this career.


大多数 optometry schools require a minimum of 90 semester hours for admission. 通常, bet36365体育 students pursue the Pre-Optometry program alongside a four-year bachelor’s degree, as most students entering schools of optometry have a baccalaureate degree. Following four years of optometry school, individuals earn a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree.

The Pre-Optometry program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is designed to fulfill the admission criteria of most optometry schools. 然而, students should verify requirements with their intended optometry schools and work with their academic advisor to ensure all requirements are fulfilled.

Median Pay: $125,590

9% Projected Employment Growth

*from 2022 to 2032 根据 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Acceptance into a optometry school is competitive and not guaranteed. Admission is based on GPA, 考试成绩, Optometry Admission Test (OAT), recommendation letters, 接受采访时, 文章, shadowing and medical experience, and other extra-curricular activities. Our dedicated advisors will guide and equip students to excel in these areas. 除了, smaller class sizes, 高级教师, and unique learning experiences such as research opportunities will give you an advantage. bet36365体育 students have an overall high acceptance rate to professional schools, showcasing our commitment to excellence.

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