North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose pre-optometry at North Central College?

Admission to optometry schools is very competitive. Only one in three applicants is accepted. Your well-rounded liberal arts education and bachelor’s degree from North Central College can make the difference to gain admission to the school of your choice.

Optometrists must be good communicators to work with patients, and at North Central you’ll gain the writing and communications skills you’ll need to be prepared for graduate school and as a doctor of eye care. You’ll have opportunities to job shadow alumni who are doctors of optometry. You’ll personally get to know professors who will write letters of recommendation for you when you apply to graduate schools, and you’ll gain a solid understanding of biology, chemistry and other areas of study.

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Graduate Schools
Graduates have been accepted at:

  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • University of Missouri at St. Louis

Graduates include:

  • Optometrist, Malbar Vision Centers, Omaha, NE
  • Optometrist, Danada Vision Center, Wheaton, IL
  • Optometrist, Advanced Eyecare and Laser Center, Wheaton, IL

From the moment she put on her first pair of glasses, Morgan wanted to be an optometrist. She had a similar feeling the first time she visited the campus of North Central College.

“I knew this was the school I would graduate from,” Morgan says. “The close-knit community made me feel at home, which was nice because I come from a smaller town.”

Morgan, a biology major and psychology minor, is very active both on and off campus. During her junior year, she recruited three classmates to accompany her on a medical mission trip to Honduras. She learned about the opportunity through her hometown optometrist, who hired Morgan as...


Dr. Rob Hoffert graduated from North Central College with a degree in biology. He went on to earn a doctorate of optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He’s an optometrist with the Brenart Eye Clinic in Yorkville, where he worked part time as a lab technician throughout college.

“North Central was great because of its small class sizes,” Rob says. “I connected with many of the professors.” Two professors wrote him recommendation letters for graduate schools.

“Graduate schools really like applicants with liberal arts degrees,” he says. “They want a well-rounded...


Brianna knew she wanted to pursue a career in optometry after working at an optometrist’s office in high school. She’s been tracking toward that goal with pre-optometry and health science opportunities at North Central.

Through the student-run Pre-Health Organization, Brianna shadowed an optometrist and North Central alumnus to observe firsthand the work of optometrists. She’s also worked with the College’s pre-professional health advisor to design her studies and prepare for optometry school.

“My advisor has been helpful every step of the way, telling me things I need to do and how to get there.”

The courses are tough, says Brianna, but they help prepare her for optometry school. “The...