MacMurray College's Biology Program (pre-health track) can prepare you for optometry school, where you would study for a doctorate of optometry. Through rigorous courses in such disciplines as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology, you are exposed to the knowledge you need to enter the graduate school of your choice.
Undergraduate requirements for optometry school are variable, so the choice of courses at MacMurray will depend in part on where you plan to go for graduate school. The faculty advisor will assist you in making these decisions.
The process for application to optometry school is similar to that for medical school. Students take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) in the spring of their junior year. For admission into optometry school, applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.50 and score well on the OAT. Optometry schools also expect students to have internships or other work experience; these opportunities are available at optometry offices and clinics in the Jacksonville and Springfield area.
Optometry is one of the fastest growing professions in health care and far surpasses the expected job growth of most professions. The U.S. government projects that the field will grow by 27 percent in the next decade. Optometrists typically work in stand-alone offices with other optometrists or in doctors offices, and many own their own practice. The median pay for optometrists is more than $100,000 per year.