Are you interested in a career in Optometry? Do you want to specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of the eye and aspects related to the visual system? If so, then optometry school may be the route for you! Optometry students earn a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and we can help you earn yours!

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

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process can be pretty tricky. University Doctor has all the info you need to get you started! Find the useful resource below to get you along your way into the Medical School of your choice. Be sure to contact one of our University Doctor Faculty/Counselor to help you every step of the way!

Complete undergraduate coursework to include the following prerequisite courses:

Explore opportunities to gain clinical experience in veterinary settings such as through volunteer work in clinics.

Take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

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

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.

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 optomcasinofo@optomcas.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

SUBMIT application!

Having any trouble with the above? We can give you the academic prescription you need to be a competitive applicant. With our team of medical coaches & admissions experts, we are able to increase your clinical experience, academic planning, scores, and LORs.

It is never too late for anyoneThere are numerous alternatives to pharmacy schools and paths that will allow you to still become a Doctor of Pharmacy. Whether it is international medical programs, or seeking a competitive post-bacc, we will get you there!

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