As you may be aware, W&J has a history of excellence in the sciences and is ranked third in the country (per capita) for producing future physicians and medical researchers. Our students experience remarkable success in their applications to graduate and professional fields in this area. One reason for this success is the extraordinary opportunity for challenging study and individual research at W&J. If you are interested in pursuing a career in optometry, W&J will provide you guidance from your first day on campus. Should you later decide that you want to pursue a different career, that is fine, too. At W&J, you get personalized guidance for a pre-health career, but you are not confined to that choice.
Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
Students preparing for admission to graduate schools in the health professions may elect to major in any discipline. If you wish to be recommended to professional schools by the Committee on Health Professions, you should register with the Committee on Health Professions as early as possible, and maintain that registration during your undergraduate career. The committee provides recommendations for applicants to health-professional schools in the fields of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies.
To secure a recommendation from the committee, in addition to the requirements of a major, a student must successfully complete 10 to 13 courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, English, psychology or sociology as designated for their chosen career goals. Visit the Pre-Health Program web page for more information.
The College has agreements regarding admission of qualified students to the Temple University School of Medicine and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
At W&J, you will also have access to many of our most successful alumni in the medical field, who can assist you in your career path through mentoring and internships.