A Solid Foundation
for Optometry School
And Your Career

A Solid Foundation for Optometry School
And Your Career

Optometry is a satisfying career that will always be in demand. Maryville offers the necessary steps to begin your academic path toward becoming an optometrist.

Optometrists have the satisfaction of helping their patients care for the most highly valued sense—sight. Maryville University’s undergraduate Pre-Optometry program provides you with all the optometry school requirements you’ll need.

In this program, you’ll be advised by the Pre-Health Professions advisor and a Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee, which offers information on colleges and careers, admissions requirements, opportunities to conduct undergraduate research and assistance in identifying job shadowing and volunteer opportunities.

Through our 3+4 partnership program, when you graduate from Maryville University you can enroll at the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Optometry, and get a head start on your career.



At Maryville, you can major in biology or biochemistry or choose from other science programs, and then move right into your optometry training in our partner program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The collaboration, called the 3+4 Program, allows qualified students to complete a Bachelor’s and a Doctor of Optometry in seven years instead of the usual eight.

save time

Jump Start Your Career

Shorten the time to complete your Bachelor’s and Doctor of Optometry by one year.

Lower Tuition

Save time and Money

The 3+3 program allows students to save a year of tuition and time towards degree completion

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Eyes on the Future

Get a solid educational foundation and choose from a wide variety of externships to help you grow professionally.


A biochemistry major kept his eyes and mind open, and he was rewarded with an exciting, emergency research opportunity with the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Throughout Maryville’s partnership with UMSL, you’ll be well-prepared for your future optometry training. Our science programs collaborate with many leading-edge research companies in the St. Louis region, including:

• Danforth Plant Science Center
Missouri Botanical Garden
• GlaxoSmithKline
• Mallinckrodt
• Monsanto
• Pfizer

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The field of optometry is growing, and optometrist salaries grow with education and experience. Students who prepare early are more competitive when it comes to choice jobs.

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Careers in optometry can be very fulfilling, and the field is growing. The most qualified candidates obtain the highest-paying, full-time jobs. To get the edge in your optometry career, request more information about Maryville University.