Pre-Optometry Program

Preparing you for admission into any school of optometry

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About The Program

Pre-Optometry Program

With a career in optometry, you’ll make a clear difference in people’s lives, ensuring the visual health of your patients. While pre-optometry is not a major itself, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary coursework required to prepare you for admission into a school of optometry.




Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you:


  • Are able to adapt to new techniques and instruments
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are detail oriented
  • Have a strong mathematical and scientific background
  • Have good coordination
  • Are service-oriented
  • Have strong decision-making skills



With an optometry degree, you could work in the areas of:

  • Pediatric optometry
  • Geriatric optometry
  • Vision therapy

At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Plans of Study 
Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-optometry program often major in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

Pre-Optometry Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Dolan, 605-626-2352 or

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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