To be considered, an applicant must:
- Submit a properly completed application to the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) at www.optomcas.org, beginning June 28. Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and the essay are provided on the OptomCAS website.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to OptomCAS.
- Complete admissions prerequisites at the college level with a grade of ‘C-’ or better. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the program, not prior to application.
- Arrange to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) prior to June 1 of the desired entering year; taking the OAT between July and December of the application cycle is highly recommended.
- Information and registration for online testing: www.opted.org
- OAT exam must be taken within two years, prior to the start of the OptomCAS application cycle to which you are applying. Score reports past two years will not be considered. For example, if you are applying for the 2017-18 application cycle, you must have taken the OAT on or after June 28, 2015.
- Three letters of evaluation are required and should be forwarded directly to OptomCAS. Any three of the following options will be accepted in order to fulfill the letter requirement:
- a Pre-Professional Committee letter of evaluation (consult with your college/university pre-professional advisor regarding the policy for providing letters of recommendation for pre-professional applicants).
- one committee letter will fulfill the entire letter requirement.
- letter from a teaching faculty member who has taught you in a course (science teaching faculty letter is strongly recommended).
- letter from a teaching assistant only accepted if co-signed by faculty member.
- letter from your pre-professional or faculty advisor.
- letter from practicing optometrist for whom you have shadowed or worked.
- letter from a healthcare professional or work supervisor who is able to assess your qualifications for professional education and future career in optometry.
- Additional letters outside of the above options will enhance the file but will not fulfill our required letters of evaluation.
- It is highly recommended to shadow a practicing optometrist(s) in order to be familiar with the role of the optometrist as a member of the healthcare team.
It is recommended that applicants with less than a 2.5 (C+) overall grade point average should consult the Office of Admissions prior to applying.
- All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
An applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours of credit from an accredited undergraduate college or university.
These credits must include the pre-optometry courses listed below completed with a 'C-' or better.
An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrolling.
- General Biology or Zoology (with labs) - one year
- General Chemistry (with labs) - one year
- Organic Chemistry (with labs) - one year or
- ½ year Organic Chemistry plus ½ year of either Biochemistry or Molecular Biology (lab highly recommended)
- English Composition or English Literature - one year
- Mathematics - one year
- ( ½ year Calculus fulfills math requirement; however, one year Calculus highly recommended)
- Microbiology or Bacteriology (with lab) - ½ year
- General Physics (with labs) - one year
- Psychology - ½ year
- Statistics (Math, Biology or Psychology) - ½ year
We encourage, but do not require, additional upper level science coursework in such areas as Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Experimental and Physiological Psychology.
Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.