Preparing you for admission into any school of optometry

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About The Program


With a career in optometry, you’ll make a clear difference in people’s lives, ensuring the visual health of your patients. While pre-optometry is not a major itself, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary?coursework required?to?prepare you for admission into a school of optometry.




Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you:


  • Are able to adapt to new techniques and instruments
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are detail oriented
  • Have a strong mathematical and scientific background
  • Have good coordination
  • Are service-oriented
  • Have strong decision-making skills



With an optometry degree, you could work in the areas of:

  • Pediatric optometry
  • Geriatric optometry
  • Vision therapy

At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU?WolfPACT?is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-optometry program often major in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality.?Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts -?while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art?Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit.?Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

Pre-Optometry Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Russell, 605-626-2352 or?

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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