Health Professions Preparation


​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

If you’ve got an eye for optometry, you’ve come to the right place. CMU students select a major of their choice while also following a pre-optometry program that prepares them for acceptance to optometry school. At CMU, you’ll receive pre-professional opportunities that include attention, involvement, resources and research. You’ll also have an academic adviser who’s dedicated to students interested in pre-professional programs of study, including pre-optometry.

Put Your Degree to Work

Most optometrists are general practitioners, handling a variety of vision needs. Other optometrists practice in a specialty area such as contact lenses/cornea, geriatrics, pediatrics, vision therapy, ocular disease, sports vision, low-vision/partial sight and head trauma.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Optometrist$97,820 per year24% (8,100 more jobs)
Physician$187,200 per year3% (1,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Science and Technology website​ or contact:

Pre-Health Professions Academic Advisor
Lisa E. Snider
Emmons Hall 136B
Phone: (989) 774-2711

Central Michigan University • 1200 S. Franklin St. • Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859 • 989-774-4000