Optometry

Associate of Arts (Option B) 

Optometrists provide primary vision care to patients. They test patient sight, prescribe corrective lenses and diagnose and treat eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college pre-optometry program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses. Once you complete your associate degree, you can complete your bachelor's degree at your chosen 4-year school and apply to an optometry school. 

Degree Program

 
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While in high school, students should pursue all available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.

Students should also gain exposure to the optometry profession through experience in an optometry setting and exploration of the optometry literature.

 

Here is the recommended class schedule for students who wish to earn the Associate of Arts degree. Each optometry school establishes its own prerequisites for admission. When deciding which classes to take, students should consult the schools of optometry they wish to attend. Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.

BIOL& 221, 222, 223 may replace BIOL& 241, 242 for some optometry schools.


First Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

CHEM& 161
PHYS& 114
MATH& 151

CHEM& 162
PHYS& 115
ENGL& 101

CHEM& 163
PHYS& 116
ENGL& 102

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

BIOL& 241
CHEM& 261
PSYC& 100

BIOL& 242
CHEM& 262
MATH& 146

Elective
CHEM& 263
BIOL& 260

 

Research Jobs and Careers for this area of study.

 

Find more information about optometry college programs:

Pacific University College of Optometry
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

 

Contact Us

Jeff Engle, Faculty Advisor in Optometry 

jengle@tacomacc.edu

Bldg. 15-333

253-566-5072