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An optometrist is the first person people go to when experiences vision problems. Every patient represents a new challenge. In a single day you may see a patient requiring further investigation and referral for a medical condition, a patient having problems with their contact lenses, a young child requiring assessment of a suspected lazy eye and a patient interested in refractive surgery.

What is optometry?

Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with the eyes and related structures. Optometrists take care of people's eyes and vision. They conduct eye examinations, prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision, diagnose and treat eye diseases and injuries, and identify conditions affecting the eye. Doctors of optometry also perform certain surgical procedures.

The pre-professional education pathway

This is a transfer program. What does that mean? This Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in pre-optometry is recommend for students pursuing optometry or medical school. Pre-professional degree programs prepare students for entry into a bachelor's degree program and then into their identified area of professional schooling.

How to become an optometrist

Casper College's pre-optometry program provides the fundamental science coursework necessary to transfer to a four-year institution, where students can obtain a degree in an appropriate field, such as biology. To be an optometrist, you must earn the Doctor of Optometry professional degree. A bachelor's degree with a strong science background is required for admission into a optometry school.

CC encourages students to begin a dialogue with their intended transfer schools as early as possible. It is the student's responsibility to verify required courses and the application process for the school you are planning to attend.

Like most medical professions, it takes a great deal of training to become an optometrist. You can start that training now at CC.

Degree info

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the course catalog:


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