Why Study Pre-Optometry
The Bachelor of Science in Biology/Health Professions Pre‑Optometry
concentration prepares you for optometry school. Most pre‑optometry
students are biology or chemistry majors; however, a pre-optometry
student can major in virtually any discipline. Pre‑optometry advisors
work closely with you to:
- Schedule prerequisite courses required by optometry schools
- Prepare for the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
- Apply to optometry school
Why Study Pre-Optometry at Ship
Shippensburg University has a consistent record of placing qualified
students into optometry programs. We make sure our pre‑optometry
students receive accurate, current, and comprehensive information.
Pre‑optometry advisors maintain close ties with Salus University by
visiting their program during the summer months to stay current with
admissions procedures and standards. They attend conferences for health
professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities
and share ideas. We give our students “mock interviews” before they
apply to optometry schools. This allows you to develop your interview
skills and gives the Health Professions Committee information to write a
committee letter of reference in support of your application.
Shippensburg University has been affiliated with Salus since 1990.
Though most of our students pursue optometry school after completing a
4‑year undergraduate degree, several have entered Salus as “3+4”
students. Under this agreement, qualified students can apply to Salus
early in their junior year. If accepted, students enter Salus in their
senior year and credits are transferred back to Shippensburg. After
completing their first year of optometry school, Shippensburg awards
these students a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry.
Faculty-directed undergraduate research
is highly encouraged at Shippensburg, and each year several biology
students present the results of their research at regional, state or
You are encouraged to participate in internship experiences with
private and corporate practices, visit Salus University (or other
optometry programs) and attend on‑campus presentations by optometry
school admissions personnel.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Qualified Ship students have fared extremely well in the admissions
process at various optometry programs throughout the United States. The
majority of pre‑optometry students have entered Salus University, but
our students have also been accepted to:
- Illinois College of Optometry
- Indiana University College of Optometry
- New York College of Optometry
- Ohio State University College of Optometry
Successful completion of an optometry program can lead to rewarding careers, including:
Optometry salaries in PA range from $30,000 - $95,000.