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Interested in pursuing a career in optometry? USD offers tailored programs and carefully curated coursework to equip you with the necessary preparation for optometry school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Optometry

If you're considering a career in chiropractic care, strategic planning of your undergraduate program is essential to meet the prerequisites for admission to chiropractic school. At the University of South Dakota, you can follow a pre-chiropractic track to guide your coursework as you pursue your educational and career aspirations.

The University of South Dakota's pre-optometry path is designed to give students the necessary education for optometry school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for information about how to apply to optometry programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

It's important to note that the pre-chiropractic program does not lead to a specific degree. Explore the program details below and read through our frequently asked questions to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the pre-chiropractic track will shape your USD education and position you for success in the field of chiropractic care.

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USD's pre-optometry program is tailored to equip you with the necessary preparation for optometry school applications. While you won't graduate with a degree in pre-optometry, the program complements your major, providing a comprehensive pre-professional curriculum. Advising is important for navigating any pre-professional path, so make sure you express your interest in optometry school with your advisor and ask how this choice will influence your education at USD.

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The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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