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Program Overview

Program Overview

Nobody deserves to see life in a fog. So, lay the groundwork you’ll need to eventually correct vision challenges or diagnose ocular diseases. Now is the time to learn about the patterns and behaviors of eyes and the muscles behind them.

With extensive academic training and real-time networking opportunities, you’ll gain a full grasp of where your interests lie. This early exposure allows you to hit the ground running with your particular passion when you enter professional school. Plus, you may have the opportunity to be nominated for prestigious Ward Scholarships and Ward Research Fellowships, or earn one of our Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) scholarships. 

And you probably have more platforms than you’d expect to use your skills — governmental agencies, private practices, consulting firms, doctor’s offices and more. With this flexibility, you’re sure to establish a versatile career wherever you may land.
 

Courses

Courses

Our office can assist you in determining which courses you need to satisfy professional school requirements. Looking at the website for the professional program you're interested in is also helpful in learning more about the additional courses or requirements of the program.

Course requirements can vary from one health professional program to another. Generally, these are the courses required by most medical and dental schools:


General Biology: Eight semester hours with labs
General Chemistry: Eight semester hours with labs
Organic Chemistry: Four semester hours with labs
Physics: Eight semester hours with lab(s)
Microbiology: Four semester hours
Biochemistry: Three semester hours
General Psychology: Three semester hours
Statistics: Three semester hours
Math: Usually through Calculus I
English: Six semester hours

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.

Study abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Our Faculty

No matter what major you choose, we are ready to advise you on your path to becoming an optometrist.

  • Randy Bybee

    Randy Bybee

    Professor

    A native of Gainesboro, Tenn., Randy Bybee received a B.S. degree in Physics from Tennessee Technological University in 1988. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995 with a...

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  • John Lewis

    John Lewis

    Associate Professor

    John Lewis is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological...

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  • Kent Clinger

    Kent Clinger

    Chair, Chemistry

    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Clinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma Christian College in 1976. He studied in the Master of Science program...

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  • Mary Sledge

    Mary Sledge

    Professor

    Mary Sledge joined the Biology Department in 2006. She has a B.S. in Botany and a Ph.D. in Crop Molecular Genetics. She teaches Ecology, Conservation of Natural Resources, Scientific Communication,...

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  • Amy Nelson

    Amy Nelson

    Professor

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  • Jon Lowrance

    Jon Lowrance

    Professor

    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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Career Paths

Opticians

Opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy.

Optometrists

Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.