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Associate of Science (Transfer)
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Who is this program for?

Students who apply to optometric programs are normally graduates of four-year colleges. Applicants are generally science majors, with a background in biology, chemistry, or physics. Many students interested in optometry have an interest in medicine and have selected optometry as a course of study due to increased flexibility of the profession and a close patient-optometrist relationship.

What is this program about?

The Pre-optometry major serves the role of a preparatory major for the Doctor of Optometry (professional) program. The Pre-Optometry program prepares students with the basic skills needed to continue at a college or university to complete a four year degree to meet the requirements needed for admission to a Doctor of Optometry (professional) program. Completion of the Pre-Optometry program typically takes two years of study. After successful completion of the Pre-Optometry program students generally complete a four year undergraduate degree. After completion of a four year degree students must apply and be accepted to a school of optometry to continue their studies for an additional four years, for a minimum of eight years of college. The two years of study at the pre-optometry level (approximately 60 semester hours) may include courses such as; General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology or Zoology, Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Calculus, English Composition, Speech, Humanities Electives, Economics, Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives, and other electives.

Where are the classes held?

Location Offered?
Albany Yes
Cordele Yes
Thomasville No
Colquitt No
Swainsboro No
Americus No
Channel 19 Yes
Online Yes

How are the classes offered?

Program Type Offered?
On Campus Only No
Hybrid Program Yes
Online Program No

A Hybrid Program is defined as a program containing a mixture of both online and on campus courses.
An Online Program is defined as a program that can be completed without having to set foot on campus.

When would I have the program completed by?

2 years plus the summer in between for the full time enrolled student.

Why would or should I be interested in this program?

The following data is from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006). It gives some idea of the demand for optometrists. Employment of optometrists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, in response to the vision care needs of a growing and aging population. Median annual earnings of salaried optometrists were $88,410 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $63,840 and $118,320. Median annual earnings of salaried optometrists in May 2004 were $87,430 in offices of optometrists.

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Responsible Department: Science/Mathematics
Last Modified: July 23, 2007
Program Contact: Michael May
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