Optometry

Optometry (pre-professional)

Does your vision for the future include optometry school? Central students are successful on entrance exams and in securing acceptance into optometry schools with the assistance of an on-campus pre-health coordinator, internship coordinator and academic advisers to ensure that you complete the required courses, maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher and take advantage of the many on- and off-campus opportunities for research and professional development. 

Although entrance requirements vary, a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education is considered excellent preparation for optometry school.

The Real World

 

Successful Careers

  • Optometrist, Elegant Eyes Optometry Center, Indio, Calif.
  • Optometrist, Gerhard Cibis, Grain Valley, Mo.
  • Optometrist, Eye Care Center of Newton

Organizations

  • Bio-Chem Club
  • SCATE (Students Concerned About The Environment)
  • Tri-Beta (national biological sciences honor society)
  • Health Professions Club
Central College student

Graduate Placement

  • University of Illinois College of Optometry
  • University of Iowa College of Optometry
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis

Internships

Students interested in the optometry program are able to shadow local professionals for limited hours. Shadowing opportunities are available across the state including Pella Regional Health Center, Broadlawns Medical Center and Ottumwa Wellness Center.

Courses & Faculty

Students can choose to major in any discipline that fits their personal and professional life goals. Regardless of major choice, students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, social sciences, psychology, English/rhetoric and complete the Optometry Admission Test.

The Central College Career Center provides the following activities to help pre-health students narrow career options: individual appointments to identify career options in the health field, job shadowing opportunities with local professionals or Central alumni, assistance with finding and applying for internships and summer opportunities, help with graduate school applications and much more. 

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Meet the faculty:
  • Ellie Du Pre, B.S., Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Pre-Health Coordinator, interest areas include histology, human anatomy and physiology, epidemiology and environmental endocrine disruptors
  • Cathy Haustein, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry instrumental analysis, the extraction of alkaloids from natural products, fluorescence spectroscopy and fiction writing
  • Viktor Martisovits, RNDr., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics
  • James Shriver, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor Chemistry, interest areas include organic chemistry, molecular engineering and design, supramolecular chemistry and anion binding

The Central Difference

Individualized Attention

Thanks to Central's small class and laboratory section size, faculty can provide each student with individualized attention and the opportunity to develop skills necessary for graduate school. Our faculty members also provide personalized advising that ensures students meet the coursework requirements for graduate school. And to help students get into graduate school, faculty provide letters of recommendation that make a vital difference in the decision process for acceptance into medical programs.

Heartland Global Health Consortium

Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.

Hands-On Research

Central faculty provide students with many research and professional development opportunities, of which students are encouraged to take full advantage while on campus. Opportunities include undergraduate research and presentations at scientific meetings, internships, shadowing programs, targeted service-learning opportunities related to career goals and much more.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Facilities

Central’s Vermeer Science Center was awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council, the first LEED-rated building in the state. Students have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology. 

Central Pre-Optometry students

Learn More

Want to find out more about optometry (pre-professional) at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.