Gogebic Community College

Optometry

Nature of the Work

Over half the people in the United States wear glasses or contact lenses. Optometrists provide most of the primary vision care people need. They examine people's eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye disease and provide treatment. Most optometrists are in general practice.

Employment

Optometrists held about 37,000 jobs in 1994. The number of jobs is greater than the number of practicing optometrists at this time because some held two or more jobs, such as in a private practice and in another clinic or vision care center. According the the American Optometric Association, new optometry graduates in their first year of practice earned a median net income of about $55,500 in 1994. Overall, optometrists earned a median net income of about $80,000.

Job Outlook

Employment of optometrists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005 in response to the vision care needs of a growing and aging population.

The Program

The program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide the general education core courses that are required to transfer to a university. A license to practice optometry is required in all states. To obtain a license, one must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited college of optometry and pass both a written and a clinical state board examination. Licenses are renewed every year or two and in most states, continuing education credits are needed for renewal.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Optometry:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
BIO 250 Human Anatomy
4
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
MTH 151 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
4
PHY 201 Elements of Physics I
4
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II
4
MTH 211 Statistics
3
PSY 101 General Psychology
4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
  Humanities Electives
9
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
75

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

For more information contact the Admissions Office
Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207