HOW TO BECOME A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT?
Perform very well in all Pre-Requisite Courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics)
Score very well on the OAT’s (80th-90th percentile; optional)
Obtain up to Four Letters of Recommendation from faculty/staff who know you well and can speak highly of your work ethic and desire to pursue optometry
Have strong clinical experience hours from volunteer or medical opportunities related to patient care and/or optometry clinic
Plan out your 4 year or extended plan for classes & studying – and apply on time!
Be well rounded and show passion in non-medical opportunities shaped around community and leadership!
Create a unique personal statement which speaks clearly of your passion to pursue optometry. This personal statement should easily distinguish you from another applicant.
Practice proper interview skills and techniques
Engage in academic research & clinical science!
Seek the right counselors and mentors to keep you on track, motivated, and ready to become an Optometrist
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Complete undergraduate coursework to include the following prerequisite courses:
- At least one year of Biology or Zoology, General Chemistry, General Physics, English and College Math
- Detailed list of requirements for each program found here:
Explore opportunities to gain clinical experience in veterinary settings such as through volunteer work in clinics.
Draft personal statement explaining the following (OptomCAS prompt):
- Please describe what inspires your decision for becoming an optometrist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, the basis for your interest in optometry, and your future career goals.
Request official copies of transcripts to be sent to you to aid you in filling out transcript entry portion of OptomCAS
Contact potential letter writers
- Determine what types of letter writers (faculty, optometrist) are required for each specific program
- Confirm the individual is willing to provide a letter of reference
- Provide them with description of programs you are applying to, copy of your CV & personal statement
- Discuss deadline date with evaluator
Create new account on OptomCAS
Complete application through OptomCAS
Complete biography, coursework, experience (employment, extracurricular, research, volunteer), achievements, standardized test scores (OAT) section
Request official transcripts be sent to OptomCAS from every college you have attended.
- Provide registrar with OptomCAS Official Transcript Request form
Upload letters of recommendation into OptomCAS
- Evaluators must submit electronic letters of reference (eLORs) ONLY to OptomCAS
- Alert evaluator to watch for an automated email from OptomCAS from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
All standardized test score (OAT) should be sent directly to designated programs
Designate programs to apply to
Input personal statement
- It is recommended to use a word processing program and then copying and pasting statement into text box.
Input standardized test scores (MCAT)
Submit application fee
Print and REVIEW application for any errors or omissions
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