You can prepare for a career in optometry by completing a two-year Pre-Optometry program at Lake Michigan College and transferring credits to a four-year accredited university. The Pre-Optometry program incorporates lecture and lab time in science-based courses. Lecture time will prepare you for exams, papers, and lab time. Labs are hands-on, collaborative experiences that require problem solving skills and teamwork.
"Class time is where you will begin your focus on what direction the class is taking. Complex biological concepts will be presented during class. It is imperative that you use this class time to ask questions for clarification and a deeper understanding. Additionally, you will be applying yourself outside of the class room to ensure your understanding of the material,” says LMC instructor Susan Lentz.
The Pre-Optometry program has a rigorous schedule and carries a heavy academic load. LMC instructors will expect you to be committed to your class work. Since many of these classes are introductory or general overviews, it is vital to your academic success to attend and actively participate in every class.
"To succeed in any science class terminology is important for communication. This goes beyond memorization of terms, to using this scientific language in application of your scientific knowledge," says Lentz.
Overall, the Pre-Optometry courses offered at LMC are aimed at preparing you to be successful at a four-year university. LMC will provide you with the broad science knowledge you will need to succeed in higher-level courses.
Getting the Most from the Program
“Students are encouraged to enroll in CLS 100, Freshman Seminar. This course will help you develop your study skills, direct you on how to find resources, get you oriented to the college, and help you to get organized for meeting your educational goals. This class will be helpful in providing you the tools necessary to succeed in your pre-professional academic endeavors,” says Lentz.
It is important to get with an academic advisor at the four-year college or university you intend to transfer as prerequisites may differ at each institution. This will ensure a smooth transfer to your four-year institution. Most prerequisite courses are offered at LMC and your two-year plan can be revised to reflect individual institutional requirements.
Technology in the Classroom
A variety of technologies are used in conjunction with traditional lecture and hands-on activities. PowerPoint presentations, videos, the Internet and materials available on Canvas (the College's instructional Intranet) play an important role in class.
In every science lab, wireless laptops are available for student use. These laptops are used for a variety experiences from taking notes to interactive tutorials to simulated experiments. LMC is one of the top community colleges in offering advanced computer equipment for student use.
Larry Fairbanks Science Student Resource Center
Math/Science Computer Help Lab
If you would like additional resources to aid in your science study, LMC has available to you the Larry Fairbanks Science Student Resource Center. Here you have a study area equipped with laptops, science models, slides and microscopes along with a wall sized whiteboard where you can study and interact with your classmates. This resource center is located in the same area the science courses are offered for your convenience. “Instructors have made PowerPoint presentations available to students on our Canvas Learning Management System, along with videos and relevant Internet links. Our science courses are designed to provide continuity among the various sections, so regardless of the instructor, the course material will be like in all sections offered,” says Lentz.
If you need additional assistance with an idea or concept presented during class, the instructors are always willing to work with you outside of class time and free tutoring is also available. Some courses have Supplemental Instruction hours available to students to help them in their understanding of the material presented. “Most instructors are available during posted office hours and are also willing to schedule alternate times to meet with students outside of class. I am always willing to work with students outside of the classroom and find they are usually able to clarify a concept much quicker with a visit to their instructor, than struggling on their own,” says Lentz.