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Pre-Optometry

You bring an intense interest in optometry and a desire to help people…

…we help you foster the skills you’ll need to succeed in optometry school and beyond. At Florida Southern College, you’ll obtain all the necessary academic training that optometry schools require.

Top Reasons to choose Pre-Optometry at florida southern college

Comprehensive

We provide all the academic courses optometry schools require for admissions, and classes that will help you succeed on the MCAT.

Individualized Attention

Our Pre-Professional programs will help to guide you in your quest to become a optometrist. You will be paired with an advisor who knows what it takes to achieve your goals.

Original Research

At Florida Southern College, all students majoring in the natural sciences have an opportunity to do original research of their own design.

Pre-Optometry Internships

Our extracurricular experiences will help broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world around you. These experiences include Junior Journeys, internships, shadowing and research.

Students find many opportunities in and around the city of Lakeland, as well as across the country and even internationally to gain experience. One of our most popular venues is Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM), a facility only 10 minutes from campus that allows students to experience firsthand many aspects of providing health care to the working uninsured in Polk County. Our local hospital, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and several large health care clinics as well as local physicians have provided excellent experiences for our students. Outside of Florida, students have traveled overseas on medical mission trips to places such as Costa Rica and Africa.

Learn more about Pre-Optometry at the Virtual Day on Campus

Hear from college leadership, faculty, and staff as you learn more about life and learning at Florida Southern College. Academic showcases spanning the breadth of the college's academic offerings will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the Pre-Optometry program.

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Pre-Professional Program (P3)

The Pre-Professional Program (P3) is a rigorous, competitive program for students pursuing admission to professional schools after obtaining their undergraduate degrees.

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Program Information

First-Years

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Pre-Optometry Program Contacts

Lauren Albaum, Ph.D.

Director, Health Professions & STEM Career Development Center
863.680.6242

Dr. Nancy Morvillo

Chair of Biology

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