Pre-Optometry – Program Features
Maryville’s pre-optometry students enroll in one of three programs: Biology, Biology/Biotechnology, or Biomedical Science. Students will be assigned a pre-health professions advisor and a special committee that will help students with: opportunities to conduct undergraduate research in the sciences, assist in identifying shadowing and volunteer opportunities, preparing for the Optometry Admission Test and admissions interviews.
During the first three years, student actively participate in the pre-optometry club at UMSL’s College of Optometry to increase their understanding of optometry as a career and develop relationships with the UMSL admissions staff.
Most optometrists are self-employed, receive relatively few emergency calls and can establish a flexible working schedule. According to a 2012 American Optometric Association survey, AOA members reported a net income of $156,550 for optometrists who owned their own practices.