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Optometry Admission and Application Procedures

Application Service

OptomCAS is the Optometry Centralized Application Service. Through this service applicants may file one application and send it to multiple optometry programs. The schools and colleges of optometry will be able to process applications more efficiently.

All 20 schools and colleges of optometry will participate.

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OAT: Optometry Admission Test

The OAT is a computerized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is sponsored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for applicants seeking admission to an optometry program. All schools and colleges of optometry in the United States, and the University of Waterloo, Canada require the OAT.

The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics and Quantitative Reasoning. Students should have completed or be in the process of completing courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics prior to taking the OAT. The OAT can be taken an unlimited amount of times; however there is a mandatory 90 day wait period between exams.

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Additional Information


There are no optometry schools in the state of Kentucky. Currently there are optometry articulation agreements with UK and Southern College of Optometry, Indiana College of Optometry, and University of Alabama-Birmingham, where students can apply for in-state tuition. Ask your pre-professional advisor for more information.


If required, essays are very important parts of your application to professional school. Take time to think carefully about who you are and what experiences have shaped your life. How have you come to this point of seeking a career in optometry? The essays that you write should be so much "you" that no one else could have written any portion of them. Admissions officers want to learn more of who you are. In addition to careful attention to content, please be sure that your essay is error-free. Have someone proof your essay to ensure that spelling and grammar are correct.


In most cases, official copies of your transcript(s) need to be sent directly to schools to which you are applying. Make sure to check the application instructions. Transcripts can be requested from the Registrar's Office. A transcript from each and every post-secondary school you have attended must be submitted. Besides your UK transcript, be sure to request official ones from any community college or 4-year institution where you attempted or earned credit; any college from which you earned credit while in high school; correspondence programs; summer programs; military education; etc.

You will need personal copies of your transcripts for use in completing the academic portion of your application. Be sure to review them carefully to be certain that all coursework and grades are recorded accurately.

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