Augustana’s pre-optometry program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the sciences as well as preparation for optometry school and the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
The U.S. has about 20 schools of optometry. Admission requires at least three years of undergraduate study. Some schools prefer applicants with a bachelor of arts degree.
Augustana’s pre-optometry students select a major and take coursework that satisfies requirements to most optometry schools. While choice of major is open, about 80 percent of pre-optometry students choose a major in the biological sciences.
The 114,000-square-foot Hanson Hall of Science houses the pre-health programs and the departments of biology, chemistry and physics, promoting cross-disciplinary study and research among students and faculty. Special facilities include high-tech individual labs for anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics and human cadaver dissection, among others. Very few undergraduate students throughout the country have the opportunity to work in a human cadaver lab.
Class sizes are small, with highest numbers around 60 students, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Professors teach both the lecture and lab portions of classes, ensuring continuity and connection between theory and practice.