Pre-optometry is a program rather than a major. It prepares students for the application process and for professional Optometry school. Like many professional health programs, Optometry schools do not require a specific major. Pre-Optometry students can choose a major they are interested in, but they also must complete courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, physics, organic biochemistry and human anatomy.
Because schools have different prerequisites, early preparation is critical for students planning to attend Optometry school. Optometry schools will require that a student has a bachelor's degree and an acceptable score on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
The Pre-Optometry program offers several services in order to prepare students for the often rigorous journey in becoming an optometrists, including advising, the opportunity to attend professional workshops, research opportunities and student organizations.
Alpha Epsilon Delta is a student-led organization for students interested in Pre-Health Care programs. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development. It provides a forum for students with common interests. It also extends a program of service to benefit both the Waco and the Baylor communities.
Baylor offers several Living-Learning Centers which are housing opportunities designed to place students of common interests together. The Science & Health Living-Learning Center is a residential option that's available for pre-health students. Students are able to collaborate with each other, science faculty and medical researchers.
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Selecting a Pre-Professional Program
Pre-professional programs are career aspirations. You must also select a major. When you fill out your application, you will be able to select a major and a pre-professional program.