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Mary Jane Shroyer, Pre-Health Coordinator
Judith Thorn, Biology
This program offers students the opportunity to begin working towards the degree of Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) at Illinois College of Optometry after three years at Knox. Applicants are selected by Illinois College of Optometry in their third year on the condition they successfully complete the curriculum described below and are considered to be admissible. Students so chosen can earn the B.A. degree from Knox and the Doctor of Optometry in seven years. The Knox B.A. is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the first year of postgraduate study at Illinois College of Optometry.
This is a combined program, one designed for outstanding students with a clear goal of practicing optometry. In addition to presenting strong academic records, applicants will be interviewed by a Knox selection committee and by representatives of Illinois College of Optometry prior to admission. This program is principally intended for majors in Biology.
To be eligible for this combined degree program, students must complete an academic major and fulfill all of the general education requirements for the Knox B.A. in their three years at Knox, with the exception of the second field of study; pre-optometry work at Knox together with optometry courses tken the first year at ICO will be considered equivalent to completing a second field. To be admitted to the program a Knox student must:
In addition, specific requirements for admission are as follows:
All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Grades of C- or lower do not successfully fulfill admissions requirements
Students interested in this program should contact the program advisor early in their first year to discuss the specific requirements and to plan their courses accordingly.
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