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.

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 - 2 years: 

Prefix First Year Courses Credits
COL 101 College & Transfer Readiness 1
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I 5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II 5
BIO 101 Principles of Biology* 4
BIO 102 Biological Diversity 4
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5
MTH 151 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II** 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 4


Second Year Courses

PHY 201 Elements of Physics I and 8
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II or
PHY 251 General Physics I and 10
PHY 252 General Physics II
MTH 211 Introduction to Statistics 3
BIO 250 Human Anatomy 4
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities Electives 6
Total Program Credits: 70-72

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