A full curriculum of pre-professional courses is offered at Eastern for those seeking admission to a school of optometry and a Doctor of Optometry degree. The Pacific University College of Optometry, located at Forest Grove, is normally the school of choice for Oregon residents. Usually the student will receive a BA or BS in Biology at EOU before being accepted at a professional school. Typical prerequisite coursework includes one-year sequences of general chemistry with lab, anatomy and physiology with lab, and general physics with lab, in addition to courses such as microbiology with lab, calculus, statistics, general psychology, and English composition. Some optometry schools require observation experience under the supervision of an optometrist. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their pre-optometry adviser when selecting appropriate coursework. Admission is highly competitive.

The majority of students being admitted have above average scholastic standing, have earned high pre-admission examination scores, have demonstrated a good general knowledge of the profession, have been active in extra-curricular campus and community activities that develop leadership qualities and have a carefully prepared application form.