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3+4 Dual-Degree Optometry Program

An early assurance direct admission agreement between Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) and Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) provides students an opportunity to obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from WLC and a Doctor of Optometry degree from ICO in just seven years.

  • This unique partnership between ICO and WLC provides a direct route for WLC students to gain admission to ICO and efficiently complete their Doctor of Optometry degree, one year earlier than typical, from one of the nation's largest and most popular optometry colleges.

    Early Assurance Direct Admission to Illinois College of Optometry

    Getting into a good optometry school isn’t easy, but WLC’s commitment to personal attention from highly-trained faculty, and our partnership with ICO, provide unique opportunities for students interested in a career in optometry. 

    Students interested in becoming an optometrist can take classes for three years at WLC, and, having satisfactorily met the requirements for admission to Illinois College of Optometry, take an additional four years of classes at ICO, graduating with both their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree.

    Learn more about Illinois College of Optometry

    The Illinois College of Optometry is recognized as one of the world's leading optometric colleges. Since 1872, the college, located in Chicago, has had a single focus: to prepare distinguished graduates to enter the real-world as exceptional optometrists. ICO is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association and by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Get Started!

    Students interested in the 3+4 dual-degree program in optometry are encouraged to request more information and schedule a personal visit to campus to meet with an admissions counselor and health sciences faculty member. Incoming freshmen will work closely with their admissions counselor and faculty advisors to ensure an efficient academic progression plan for earning an OD degree. For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Rob Balza.