College of Optometry

Pre-Optometry Club


See Calendar below

"A Doctor of Optometry, or optometrist, is an independent health-care professional who is specifically educated, clinically trained, and licensed to examine, diagnose and treat conditions or impairments of the eye and human vision system."

Our group is dedicated to providing support to undergraduate students who are considering a career in Optometry. We also provide direction to those interested in exploring the profession, and those applying to optometry schools.

Pre Opt Eyeglasses

Pre-Optometry Club students at UMSL show off a collection box at Marillac Hall and some of the donated eyeglasses and cases. The students are (from left) Tina Ingoldsby, a junior from Dittmer, Mo.; Yunho Kim, a junior from Seoul, South Korea; Xavier Robinson, a junior from Kingston, Jamaica; Cortney Luehrmann, a senior from Los Angeles; and Lucy Ellermann, a freshman from St. Louis.

After last year's tragic earthquake in Haiti, Pre-Optometry Club students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis wanted to do something. So they sought used eyeglasses for Haitians and people in other developing countries. They collected 223 pairs. Now, they're shooting for even more.

Calendar of Events
Check back often. We appreciate your interest.
Next Pre-Optometry Meeting
Meetings are located in 324 Marillac Hall
Next Pre-Optometry Workshop

October 26, 2012
November 30, 2012
January 25, 2013
February 22, 2013
April 26, 2013 


Workshop Outline and Dates

Contact us:
Nick Palisch

Helpful Links

College of Optometry Chapter of the American Optometric Student Association

To contact the undergraduate pre-optometry advisor for students attending UM-St. Louis as undergraduates, please send email to

If you have any questions about our association or a career in optometry, suggestions for our page, or know of a URL that needs to be listed on this page, please send email to