Pre Optometry program


The pre optometry program at Parkside is designed to help you gain the necessary academic and professional requirements that will help you become a competitive candidate for professional optometry schools. We offer exceptional learning opportunities in a small class setting which helps with your success. 


If you are interested in the science of the visual system, diagnosing and treating visual problems, and managing diseases, injuries and vision disorders, the pre-optometry program is for you. As an optometrist, you would spend time performing vision tests, diagnosing sight problems, prescribing eyeglasses, performing minor surgical procedures as well as counselling patients on eye health, and how overall good health can reduce vision problems.

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A University of Wisconsin Parkside Signature Program

Students hoping to gain acceptance into professional health programs can pursue a major in any department/discipline throughout the university.

As a student in the pre-optometry program you will receive: 

  • Assistance obtaining shadowing/internship experiences with local optometrists  
  • Help to ensure you are choosing the correct career pathway 
  • Experience that is required to gain acceptance into optometry school

Common science/math pre-requisite classes that are required by most optometry programs 

General Biology  |  BIOS 101 and 102  |  8 credits total  |   I year

General Chemistry  |  CHEM 101 and 102  | 10 credits  |  I year

Organic Chemistry  |  CHEM 321, 322, and 323  | 11 credits  |  1 year

Biochemistry  |  BIOS 307  |  3 credits |  1 semester

Anatomy  |  BIOS  300  |  4 credits  |  1 semester

Physiology  |  BIOS 341 | 3 credits)  |  1 semester

Microbiology  |  BIOS 303  |  4 credits  |  1 semester

Statistics  |  BIOS 210  |  4 credits  |  1 semester

Calculus  |  MATH 221  | 5 credits  |  1 semester

Psychology  |  PSYC 101  |  3 credits  |  1 semester

Accredited optometry school programs can be found at the National Optometry Association website




Medical Schools Parkside Students Attended

Doctor of Optometry
Penn St. Louis University
Salis University Western University

Source: Dr. Bryan Lewis, Associate Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences; Director, Center for Health Sciences and Pre-Health Programs 2001-2023 acceptance rates information, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.



Bryan Lewis | (262) 595-2327 |

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