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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 (B.S.) degree in Biology from WLC and a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from ICO in just seven years. WLC is currently the only institution in Wisconsin with a 3+4 dual-degree program in optometry. 

  • Optometrists (Doctors of Optometry) are health care providers that specialize in diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases of the visual system. Optometrists typically possess a four-year undergraduate degree in biology or related discipline, as well as four years of professional school training. Optometry was recently ranked by CNN Money as #12 on their list of America’s Top 100 Jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for optometrists is expected to grow much faster than average during the next ten years.

    3+4 Dual-Degree Optometry Program

    This partnership between Wisconsin Lutheran College and Illinois College of Optometry provides a direct route for WLC students to gain admission to ICO and efficiently complete their Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) 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 O.D. degree. For more information about this program, please contact  Dr. Rob Balza.