Pre-optometry students are encouraged to engage in full-time study (15 or more semesters credit hours per semester) and to generate an academic history which demonstrates the ability to handle the rigor of the professional curriculum offered by the College of Optometry. Moreover, pre-optometry students are strongly encouraged to major in an area in which they have special interests, and may include disciplines within the humanities or social sciences. The pre-optometry curriculum can usually be adapted with minor changes from a pre-medical, pre-dental, biology, or chemistry curriculum. Prospective applicants should consult with advisors in their major field of study to determine the degree requirements in that major.
How to Start a Pre-Optometry Club on Your Campus - James Miller, O.D.
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Sample Pre-Optometry Club Meeting Topics
Sample Constitution of Pre-Optometry Club
In the best interest of the Pre-Optometry Students and its advisors and supporters, in the promotion, guidance, and sponsorship of a more wholesome environment, and for the purpose of cooperation with the NAME OF SCHOOL's Office of Student Life do we ordain, and establish this constitution.
Article I -- Name
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Pre-Optometry Club.
Article II -- Purpose
The purpose of the Club shall be to support the pre-optometry students, assist those involved, promote, and increase attendance, and help provide a more enjoyable atmosphere throughout all aspects of their educational experience.
Article III -- Membership
Section 1: Membership of the club shall consist of Pre-Optometry students as well as any student at NAME OF SCHOOL who is interested in optometry.
Section 2: Membership in the Pre-Optometry Club shall not be denied because of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, handicap, sexual orientation or other irrelevant criteria.
Section 3: Membership of the Club Council shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 4: Membership Fee (dues) is a fixed price with the ability to vote for a change every new academic year. A fee of $XX.XX will be due at the beginning of every new semester for student members. This fee will help cover the cost of speakers, trips, etc. that the organization will have. All fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full.
Section 5: Terms of Office --
Article IV -- Social Fees (if any)
Section 1: Social fees (if any) shall be set by and reserved for the Club Council, and dues paying members of the Club.
Article V -- Elections
Section 1: Candidates and Qualifications
Section 2: Filing for Candidacy
Section 3: Election Rules
Article VI -- Duties and Responsibilities
Section 1: President
Section 2: Vice-President
Section 3: Secretary
Section 4: Treasurer
Article VII -- Replacement and Removal
Section 1: Any Club Council Officer may be removed with a 3/4 affirmative vote of the entire Club membership.
Section 2: Any Club Member may be removed by a 2/3 majority vote of the members of the Club Council upon their unexcused absences of two (2) club meetings per year.
Section 3: Upon resignation or removal of the President, the Vice-President shall become President. Upon vacancy of the office of Vice-President, a new election will be held to replace the Vice-President and shall run under Article V.
Article VIII -- Meetings
Section 1: Meetings of the Club Council shall be held regularly at a time and place designated by the Council.
Section 2: Special meetings may be called by the President with forty-eight (48) hours notice.
Section 3: A quorum of Club Council shall be 3/4 of the members of the Club Council.
Section 4: Votes shall be cast by all members of the Club Council.
Section 5: All Club meetings shall be open to the public. Anyone in attendance may obtain the floor, but only Club members may vote.
Section 6: Parliamentary procedure shall be followed according to Robert's Rules of Order. to the extent determined by the President.
Article IX -- Amendments
Section 1: Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Club Council prior to being brought to the floor for discussion. The Club Council will place the proposed amendment on the agenda for the next regular meeting.
Section 2: The proposed amendment will have its first reading at the meeting where it first appears on the agenda. The amendment will then be brought to the floor for discussion by the membership.
Section 3: A second reading and additional discussion of the proposed amendment shall occur at the next regular meeting. For adoption, all proposed amendments must receive a ¾ affirmative vote of the entire club membership.