Pre-Optometrist Career Track


Optometrists are highly trained healthcare professionals specializing in the field of optometry. They are primary eye care providers who conduct comprehensive eye examinations to assess visual acuity, prescribe corrective eyewear such as glasses and contact lenses, diagnose and treat common eye conditions like astigmatism and nearsightedness, and detect and manage various eye diseases. They also offer guidance on eye health and preventive measures to maintain optimal vision. Optometrists typically work in private practices, eye clinics, and retail settings, serving individuals of all ages by addressing their vision and eye health needs.

While pursuing a bachelor's degree at Tennessee Tech, students will follow the suggested career track coursework and engage in related co-curricular activities to prepare for the graduate professional school of their choice.

Most health professional schools and allied health science programs will require academic coursework before students are admitted into the program. Upon completion of your degree from Tech, you will have much of the required coursework completed before applying to optometry programs. 

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Degree Requirements, Coursework, & Career Information:

Students pursuing the Pre-Optometry Career Track typically major in one of the following programs:
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Student Clubs and Organizations

Students pursuing the Pre-Optometry Career Track participate in the following student organizations. Involvement within these clubs and organizations provide viable experience, networks, and further connects students with their program of study and career goals.

  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Medical Sciences Club
  • Student Members of the American Chemical Society
  • Remote Area Medical Clinic

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Optometry Schools:

The following is a non-comprehensive list of professional schools Tech graduates attend upon completion of their coursework at Tennessee Tech.