Bachelor of Science | College of Science and Health Professions
Edinboro University

Look into the future and see yourself as an optometrist.

Optometry is a highly competitive field. One that requires intense doctoral-level preparation and state licensure to enter. But the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Pre-Optometry program provides a laser-sharp focus on the skills you need to apply to a professional school and pursue your Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree.

As a Pre-Optometry student at Edinboro, you’ll follow a rigorous curriculum that is heavy on the sciences, including courses in the Nature of Light and Color that are required by well-known Optometry programs in the area. Balance these classes with general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision making and you’ll be a qualified candidate for Optometry school.

Small classes taught by faculty members with a wide array of research interests will enable you to participate fully in your education and appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine. Faculty mentors will ensure you’re equipped to do well on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) and meet the requirements for the professional program that interests you.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Thrive in a rigorous, challenging environment.

The optometry profession is growing faster than most others. As Americans age, there will be a continuing need for well-trained optometrists.

Ways to distinguish yourself.

A high undergraduate GPA and passing OAT scores are a must for Optometry School. But it’s never too early to build a resume that demonstrates your commitment to the field. Opportunities at Edinboro include:

Capstone experience that may lead to presentations at local, regional or national meetings.

Independent research under the supervision of a faculty expert.

Internships that earn credits and provide first-hand experience in the field.

On-campus organizations such as Tri Beta, a National Biological Honor Society, and Pre-Healing Arts Club.

Surround yourself with other future professionals.

Students like you who are focused and serious about careers in healthcare are here at Edinboro. They could be following any one of these pre-professional tracks:

Prepare for a rewarding career.