DIY Pre-Optometry Student Planning Guide

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Pre-Optometry Student Planning Guide & Self Assessment document provides important resources for UT Austin students planning on applying to Optometry School. We are currently updating this document right now and it will be back soon.  

Prerequisites & Time Line

Stress Management Resources

SELF CARE IS IMPORTANT:

 CAMPUS RESOURCES:

OTHER RESOURCES: 

OAT Exam

COURSE CONTENT TESTED ON THE OAT

  • BIO 311C, BIO 311D, BIO 205L or 206L (Biology)
  • BIO 325 (Genetics)
  • CH 301, CH 302, CH 204 (General Chemistry)
  • CH 320M, CH 320N, CH 220C (Organic Chemistry)
  • E316L or E316M or E316N, or E316P (Literature)

Any of the physics sequences below:

  • PHY 302K, 102M & PHY 302L, 102N
  • PHY 317K, 117M & PHY 317L, 117N
  • PHY 301, 101L & PHY 316, 116L
  • PHY 303K, 103M & PHY 303L, 103N

 

Research Optometry Schools Before You Apply!

Application Services & Acceptance Statistics

Application Services 

  • OptomCAS
  • For any school NOT using OptomCAS, see individual school admission web pages for application instructions

ACCEPTANCE STATISTICS 

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are critical to the review of your application. Applicants should not send letters directly to OptomCAS; all letters should come directly from the Recommender to OptomCAS via the OptomCAS online portal.  OptomCAS will not accept paper copies of references.

Enter up to four (4) evaluator names on your OptomCAS application. OptomCAS will not determine if you have met the letter requirements for a particular optometry program. Therefore, please review programs’ individual websites to determine the number and type(s) of letters required by each institution for which you wish to be considered for admission.

You will provide the name, email address and phone number for a maximum of four (4) people providing letters. OptomCAS will send an email evaluation request to the Recommender with information on how to electronically submit their letter.

Personal Statements

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to Optometry school, as the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values

Pre-Optometry Resources

  • Occupational Outlook
  • The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has developed a web site that provides a wealth of information about optometric professional programs. 
  • American Optometric Association contains general as well as specific information on the optometry profession, clinical care, ethics and values. Also has some useful links and a broad discussion on events and current issues.
  • Monitoring your Online Reputation
  • Texas Optometric Association