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Pre-professional programs:

Links to information about other professions including: physical therapy, nursing, engineering in medicine, and x-ray Technologies.

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Detailed information found here

Links of interest:
American Medical Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
National Prehealth Student Organization 
UW-Madison Medical School
Medical College of Wisconsin

Pre-medicine advisor:
Dr. Pete Mesner, Biology Dept., 319 Upham Hall, 472-5139, mesnerp@mail.uww.edu

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Majors: There is no specific "pre-optometry" major. At UW-W, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in a major of your choice. Optometry schools do not require a particular major, so you should choose your major based on your own interests and aptitudes. However, since many Optometry programs require a Microbiology course, students usually choose a Biology major or minor.

Typical Requirements for a College of Optometry Admissions

The pre-optometry program requires the following minimum courses:

Most Optometry programs also require applicants to have taken the following courses:

Here is a list of required or recommended courses for several schools of optometry.

See Dr. Pelzel for more specific pre-optometry advising information.

Timetable:  Regardless of what major you choose, the required courses listed above should be completed by the end of your junior year.  The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is usually taken near the end of the junior year or just before the senior year begins.  The OAT covers quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, physics, biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry.  The exam is required for admission to any optometry program.

Grade point average:  For serious consideration by medical schools, your GPA must be well above 3.0.  The mean GPA for all students accepted to medical school is around 3.2.

Optometry School:  Admission into optometry school is very competitive. Here is a chart of student profiles showing the admissions statistics for the major optometry schools in the nation.

A good site to find information about Optometry programs is the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. They have links to ASCO Member Schools and Colleges of Optometry Programs.

Links of interest:
American Optometric Association
American Optometric Student Association
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Worldwide optometry schools

Here are links to the 17 accredited schools of optometry:

Indiana University School of Optometry Southern College of Optometry Illinois College of Optometry
Ohio State University Michigan College of Optometry University of Missouri - St. Louis
Pennsylvania College of Optometry New England College of Optometry State University of New York
Nova Southeastern University Northeastern State University University of Alabama - Birmingham
Sothern California College of Optometry University of California - Berkeley Pacific University
University of Houston InterAmerican Univ. of Puerto Rico

Pre-optometry advisor:
Dr. Heather Pelzel, Biology Dept., 157 Upham Hall, 472-5113, pelzelh@uww.edu

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"A dental education opens up a world of professional opportunities. In addition to private practice, today's dental school graduates can choose to work in hospital emergency rooms, conduct advanced laboratory research, teach future dentists or even travel the world with international health and relief organizations." from ADA.org

Links of interest:

Pre-dentistry advisor:
Dr. Michael Woller, Biology Dept., 316 Upham Hall, 472-5137, wollerm@uww.edu

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Cytotechnologists are trained to perform microscopic examinations of body cells in order to detect the subtle differences that differentiate normal from neoplastic (cancerous) cells. Physicians rely on the diagnostic abilities of cytotechnologists to detect cancers in their early stages; greatly improving the potential for success in subsequent cancer treatment. Cytotechnologists are employed in hospitals, clinics, and medical laboratories. Experienced cytotechnologists have the opportunity to advance into supervisory positions and into research and teaching.


Cytotechnologist training generally involves an intensive 12 month program consisting of lectures, discussions, and practical instruction in microscopy, microscopic pathology, cytogenetics, quality assurance, and laboratory procedures.

Typical Cytotechnology Program Admissions Requirements

A baccalaureate degree including a minimum of 20 semester hours in biological sciences, eight semester hours in chemistry, and three semester hours in mathematics. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with above average academic record and recommendations. The School of Cytotechnology at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene offers a "3+1" program under which a student may be accepted into the school after completing three years of undergraduate course work. The course work must include the minimum requirements listed above and must be completed at an affiliated college or university such as UW-Whitewater.

Links of interest:

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene School of Cytotechnology
Naval School of Health Sciences Cytotechnology Program
University of Tennessee - Memphis Cytotechnology Program

Cytotechnology advisor:
Dr. Pete Mesner, Biology Dept., 319 Upham Hall, 472-5139, mesnerp@uww.edu

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Links of interest:
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy

Pre-pharmacy advisor:
Dr. Hephzibah Kumpaty, Chemistry Dept., 231 Upham Hall, 472-1097, kumpatyh@uww.edu

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Pre-veterinary medicine

Links of interest:
UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Pre-veterinary medicine advisor:
Dr. Ellen Davis, Biology Dept., 361 Upham Hall, 472-5141, davise@uww.edu

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Links to information about other professions relating to Physics and Science

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