Pre-Optometry at the University of North Texas

The UNT Office of Health Professions provides direction and resources to students passionate for a career in optometry.  As a pre-optometry student, you may select any major, as long as you complete the prerequisite coursework required by each optemtry school; there are currently two optometry schools in Texas  Please see one of the following pre-health advisors to further explore a major that best fits your academic strengths and future career goals:

Dr. Debrah Beck
Director of Health Professions
JAMP Faculty Director
debrah.beck@unt.edu 
(Advises Juniors, Seniors, and JAMP Students)

Todd Lang, M.S.                                    
Senior Academic Counselor             
todd.lang@unt.edu 
(Advises all classifications and prospective students)  

Mardreana Reed, M.Ed.
Academic Counselor
mardreana.reed@unt.edu
(Advises all classifications and prospective students)  

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The journey through optometry school is quite rigorous, and it’s imperative that you prove to the optometry schools’ admission boards that you are capable of success in their programs.  In addition to high grades and entrance exam scores, optometry schools will evaluate both your volunteer and shadowing experience*.  All areas are equally important in a holistic assessment of the candidate.

*Volunteering: Optometry schools are looking for students who have volunteered in their community.  Though not required, it's best if you volunteer in a health-related field, where you are helping people.  

*Shadowing: To be considered a competitive candidate, students need to shadow a professional in their field of interest.  Several hours of shadowing will display an understanding and commitment to such profession.

Prerequisites for Texas Optometry Schools

Please refer to our Pre-Optometry Packet for information on prerequisites, timelines, and additional resources. 

OAT Entrance Exam

Please see the ASCO website for more information about the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).

HPAC

If you're pre-optometry, you're HPAC eligible!

Get Involved: Clubs

Alpha Epsilon Delta

Alpha Delta: Pre-Health Minority Club

Medically Dedicated Students

UNT Pre-Optometry Association

Get Involved: Professional Associations

American Optometric Association

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Texas Optometric Association

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