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College of Arts and Sciences


Mastering Vision Science, Improving Lives

The Western New England University Pre-optometry program is a stepping-stone to becoming a valued caregiver in the field of optometry. Our three-year program provides an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for admission to the Doctor of Optometry degree program at the New England College of Optometry (NECO). After a successful admission to NECO, you will have the opportunity to be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Western New England and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry under our 3+4 articulation agreement.

Why Choose Pre-Optometry?

According to Vision Impact Institute research, 3 out of 4 people in the U.S. have vision correction, and of those people, 71% wear glasses and 22% wear contacts. Given these facts, optometrists play an important role in health and well-being in society today. Helping people to live well and work well makes optometry a rewarding and growing career path. Now you can begin your journey to becoming an optometrist through Western New England University.

$133,100 median pay for optometrists (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022)
98% Class of ’22 employed/attending graduate or professional school within 6 months of graduation


What Will You Study?

In the Pre-optometry program, you will take courses in General Chemistry and Biology, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and especially Physics, as well as courses in the general liberal arts curriculum. With a strong emphasis on lab work, you will have access to the modern labs and equipment of the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy.

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