Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Scholars Program

Application Process

The application process for the inaugural Scholars cohort will begin on July 1, 2013. The program will begin in July 2014.

Submitting an Application

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University joins other colleges of optometry in accepting applications ONLY through the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) (www.optomcas.org).

To be considered for the Scholars Program, an applicant must:

  • Submit a properly completed application to the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) at www.optomcas.org beginning July 1, 2014. Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application are provided on the OptomCAS website.
    • Answer the supplemental question on the OptomCAS application identifying yourself as an applicant to the Scholars program.
  • Arrange to have forwarded directly to OptomCAS the following letters of evaluation to fulfill the requirement for Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry either:
    • 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).
      -OR-
    • Three natural science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics) teaching faculty or two science teaching faculty and one practicing optometrist whom you have shadowed.
      -OR-
    • Letter packets containing the letters outlined in bullet #2.
  • Additional letters will enhance the file but will not fulfill our required letters of evaluation.
  • Arrange to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). Applicants are advised to take the OAT no later than December 15, 2014 for overall review.
    • the exam is offered electronically.
    • information and registration for online testing: www.opted.org
    • OAT results should not be more than two years old at the beginning of the application cycle.

If you have questions about the processing of applications or the required prerequisites, contact an Admissions Counselor at 800.824.6262.

03.05.2014