Visit us on the web at georgiasouthern.edu/prehealth.
Make it official. Add your Pre-Professional Program: myGeorgiaSouthern > Change Your Major/Add a Minor > Pre-Professional drop down menu > Pre-Optometry Program. This step will ensure that you receive up-to-date information from Mrs. Payne regarding Pre-Health Professional Programs.
Learn + Subscribe. Subscribe to the Pre-Health listserv to receive important information from Mr. Braselton. How to subscribe: send an email (from your Georgia Southern email account) to firstname.lastname@example.org and leave the subject line blank. On the first line in the body of the message, type: subscribe PREPROF-L FirstName LastName (see below for example). Type nothing else in the message and press send. You will receive an email confirming that you have been added to the listserv.
Study + Excel. A competitive GPA is essential when considering a career in the health field. You must have a minimum of a 3.0 to remain in the Pre-Optometry Program at Georgia Southern University. Talk with your Academic Advisor, professors and Academic Success Center for help with study skills through various workshops and tutoring.
Resume + Interviews. Create and/or improve your resume at the Office of Career Services. You can also gain confidence and develop your interview skills with a video-taped mock interview.
Job Shadow. We recommend that you gain experience by shadowing general practice optometrists and specialists of your choosing, as well as at least one ophthalmologist. Document your experiences in a physical or digital format, and obtain at least one letter of reference from a dentist you have shadowed.
Volunteer + Lead. We recommend that you participate in volunteer activities that benefit others. Contact the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement for more information about volunteering with local weekly trips, Alternative Break Trips, and more. We also recommend that you participate in leadership seminars, workshops, retreats and LEAD courses. Get involved and join a student club or organization, such as the Association of Pre-Health Professionals.
Connect + Explore. Get to know your professors and local health care professionals. These individuals are valuable resources for research experience, volunteering, shadowing and letters of recommendation. Consider Study Abroad programs through the Office of International Programs and Services.
Research. Talk with your professors and peers who are involved with undergraduate research and consider opportunities within the College of Science and Mathematics.
Prepare for the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). This test requires substantial amounts of preparation and study time, so it is never too early to begin. Typically, students prepare to take the OAT in the spring of their junior year, so it is important that necessary coursework be completed by this time.