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Lee Tran, MD, '00

Eye on Success: Pre-Med Program Shapes Surgeon

Lee Tran, MD, ’00, is a retina surgeon and ophthalmologist in private practice whose parents emigrated from Vietnam in 1975. Dr. Tran graduated summa cum laude with a dual degree in chemistry and biology. Giving back to UST, he sponsored a luncheon for Vietnamese students and their parents to learn more about St. Thomas. Read more

The University of St. Thomas Pre-Optometry program is designed to prepare students for entry into optometry school. UST students enjoy an 83 percent acceptance into optometry school, and many are enjoying success at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

The program is a rigorous science and math-based program that can be combined with any major. It is important to note that the pre-optometry program is not a major but rather a program consisting of 49 credit hours (10 classes and 7 labs) of science and math courses and 6 credit hours of psychology. These courses serve as the prerequisites for application to the University of Houston College of Optometry.

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How to Get Started

Your journey begins in your first year by talking to your Academic Advisor about your interest in optometry and meeting with a pre-health professions advisor. All students in the program will declare a major, take pre-optometry courses and participate in the core curriculum.

Pre-Health Professions Advisors

The pre-health professions advisors assist students in tandem with their major advisor. The pre-health professions advisor informs the student of prerequisite courses, admissions test dates and application deadlines. As students prepare their application the pre-health professions advisor provides workshops, application feedback and letters of evaluation for application to optometry school.

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