Students Get Peek at Optometry Program at Midwestern University
Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Optometry (CCO) held a Summer Eye Experience (SEE) on the Downers Grove Campus for college students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in optometry. Students representing seven different states attended the three-day program that took place in August.
While on the Downers Grove Campus, the program participants benefitted from small group seminars, interacted with students and clinical faculty at the Midwestern University Eye Institute and enjoyed hands-on educational experiences. Students also attended workshops about interviewing techniques, study skills and preparing for the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
“The SEE at CCO program was specifically designed for those interested in pursuing a future in optometry. Through various interactive sessions, students gained insight into the optometric profession, including the application process, life as an optometry student and the various career options that optometry has to offer,” said John Gialousakis, OD, FAAO, director of curriculum development and chair of the Admissions Committee at the Chicago College of Optometry.
As one of the nation’s newest colleges of optometry, Midwestern’s Chicago College of Optometry has developed a curriculum to meet the needs of today’s practice environment. Students enrolled in the program earn a doctor of optometry (OD) degree and benefit from small class sizes and faculty mentors who are dedicated to their success in the growing field of optometry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, optometry jobs are expected to grow by 18%, much faster than average for all careers, by 2026.