Doctor of Optometry

How to apply to the Doctor of Optometry program

You can apply to the Doctor of Optometry program before or after finishing your bachelor’s degree. In some cases, students gain early admission to the program before finishing their undergraduate career.

If you are an international applicant, you may apply to the Doctor of Optometry program during your final year of undergraduate study, or after receiving a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its recognized equivalent).

All applicants are required to follow the steps outlined below. International applicants also must follow the international application process and admission standards of the Office of International Services.

Step 1: Review the prerequisites

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a science field are often fully prepared for admission to the Doctor of Optometry program. Those with degrees in non-science fields may find that additional coursework is needed. Check the prerequisites before you apply.

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Step 2: Take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge. All candidates must take the OAT for the first time before the February of the year they wish to enter the program, and provide an official score report by February 1.

We recommend taking the OAT by November 30. OAT scores are valid for three years; however, there is no limit to the amount of times you may take the test.

Step 3: Submit your OptomCAS application

OptomCAS is a centralized application service that allows you to file one application and send it to multiple optometry programs.

You will submit a web-based application that includes biographical information, the colleges and universities you have attended, your academic course history, up to four letters of recommendation, work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, and a personal essay.

Step 4: Submit supporting documents

All supporting documents are due by February 15 of the year you apply, with the exception of Optometry Admission Test scores, which are due February 1.

The deadline to apply to the Doctor of Optometry program is January 15, 2019.

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