Optometry is the health care profession that involves examining the eyes for defects or abnormalities, as well as the prescription of corrective lenses and the diagnosis and management of eye disease. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of optometrists is projected to grow 18 percent over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Professional schools seek students who are broadly educated in the liberal arts with strong critical-thinking and communication skills. This is why at Westminster College, students who plan to attend any professional school in the health sciences pursue a standard disciplinary or interdisciplinary major, along with challenging electives outside the major. Students interested in health fields often major in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience, or physics.
Recognizing that each career goal requires a different academic path, each student receives individual attention. Students are advised by the Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MedPAC). MedPAC invites guest speakers, helps with letters of recommendation, and serves as an overall support network for students pursuing health sciences post-degree study.