Mercer University undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career in optometry are considered to be on the “pre-optometry” track. Pre-optometry is not an academic major, but a preparatory track; pre-optometry students must work towards a degree as they fulfill the admission requirements for their preferred optometry school(s).
Students need to be aware that the prerequisite science coursework for the pre-health professions tracks is only offered on Mercer's Macon campus. Students must therefore be enrolled in one of Mercer's colleges or schools on the Macon campus to complete any of the pre-health professions tracks.
Students should also note that the prerequisite for all introductory science courses (chemistry, biology, and physics) is "calculus-readiness" (competency in mathematics at or above the pre-calculus level). Students planning on following a pre-health professions track are therefore advised to take mathematics in high school at least through the pre-calculus level.
Pre-Optometry Track Advising Resources
Current Mercer Students
Students enrolled at Mercer who are following one of the pre-health professions tracks should enroll in the "MercerPreHealth" advsing course on Canvas>>.