Summer Pre-Optometry Program (SEE at CCO)

Optometry in Downers Grove

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Program Info
2022 Dates
Eligibility Requirements
Application Process and Deadlines
Timeline for Notification of Acceptance to SEE at CCO
Registration Details
Program Outline

Program Info

The Summer Eye Experience at the Chicago College of Optometry (SEE at CCO) is a three-day program that will expose students to the Doctor of Optometry degree. Students will attend workshops tailored specifically for those interested in pursuing a future in optometry. Sessions will be offered to help prepare the student’s application portfolio for admission, and classes will provide a glimpse into the day of an optometry student. Students will also attend hands-on laboratories where they will learn basic optometric skills.


  • Tour of the Midwestern University Downers Grove Campus, including classrooms and research labs
  • Tour of the Midwestern University Eye Institute at our Multispecialty Clinic
  • Attend topic discussions led by faculty of the Chicago College of Optometry
  • Participate in preclinical procedures
  • Attend application workshop on preparing an OptomCAS application, taking the OAT exam, and making a good impression during an interview

2022 Dates

Monday, June 13 beginning at 8:30 AM through Wednesday, June 15 ending at 4:30 PM.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be interested in a career in optometry.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program. Preference will be given to those entering their junior or senior year.
    • Students who have already completed a B.S. or B.A. degree, or those who are enrolled in a post-baccalaureate or graduate program, are also eligible to apply.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) is recommended.

Application Process and Deadlines

  • Application Process and Deadlines

    • Application to SEE at CCO
    • Send the Recommendation Request Form from the application to the faculty member or advisor, and ask that they complete and submit to the e-mail address below.
    • A complete set of official college transcripts, which can be e-mailed securely from the college or university to the e-mail address below.

    All components of the application can be e-mailed to Dr. John Gialousakis at:

    A completed application must be submitted by March 15, 2022.

Timeline for Notification of Acceptance to SEE at CCO

Applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance no later than April 1, 2022.

Registration Details

There are no registration fees to participate. Participants will be responsible for travel to and from Midwestern University's Downers Grove, IL campus, as well as their own accommodations. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be covered by CCO.

There will be 5 Keplr Vision Grants available that will cover 3 nights hotel and the cost to start an OptomCAS application. After accepted participants are notified, the grant application will become available which can assist those demonstrating financial hardship. Additional details will be posted on April 1, 2022.

Program Outline

During the program, participants will be introduced to the exciting world of optometry. Below is a tentative outline of the 2022 SEE at CCO program. Click HERE for a printable flier.

June 13- 15, 2022 | Tentative Schedule
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
8:30 Breakfast & Orientation Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Optics Study Skills
9:30 Optometry Building Tour
10:00 Low Vision Preparing for the OAT
10:30 Academic Campus Tour
11:00 Pediatrics and Vision Therapy Preparing for OptomCAS 
12:00 Lunch with OD Students Lunch with Faculty Lunch
1:00 Eye Institute Tour Ocular Anatomy Tips & Tricks to Rock Your Interview
2:00 Clinic Shadowing Primary Care and Ocular Disease Admissions Discussion
3:00 Discussion with incoming OD Students
4:00 Discussion with Current OD Students Contact Lenses Farewell Reception

Day One:  learn about CCO (academic and clinical sides) as well as talk with current students
Day Two: a day in the life of an optometry student (optometric specialties)
Day Three: preparing for optometry school admission (studying, applying, OAT, interview)

For questions about the SEE at CCO program, please contact Dr. John Gialousakis at 630/960-3185 or


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