JMU’s Pre-Optometry minor prepares you for success.

Optometrists are the independent primary healthcare professionals for the eye. They examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and the associated structures as well as identify related systematic conditions affecting the eye. Formal optometry education takes four years, with residency and extern programs taking place during the fourth year. Upon graduation, a board certification test is required. In order to remain certified, optometrists must complete at least 30 hours of board-approved continuing education each biennial period. They are referred to as doctors of optometry, yet, unlike ophthalmologists, are not required to go to medical school nor are licensed to perform eye surgery.

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No specific major is required.
$125,440 median annual income —2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics
For 2018-2020, 11 JMU students were accepted to nine different optometry programs.

Our Pre-Professional Health Advising is here to help with questions about the minor in Pre-Optometry.

Declaring the Minor

Incoming first-year and transfer students can declare pre-optometry without verification from PPH Advising. Current students can declare the pre-optometry minor through My Madison without needing further approval.

Additional Information

Pre-professional health programs do not ensure that all prerequisites for admission to health professions schools are met. Students should inquire with optometry schools of interest to confirm details of admission requirements.

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