The entire application process lasts approximately 12-14 months, which spans a full academic year. Whether you plan to apply immediately after your 3rd year, 4th year, or after graduation, this timeline begins with preparation in the fall prior to your application submission in late July.

October
November
  • Attend all relevant application process meetings and workshops in preparation for July submission of your application
  • Begin to request LOEs from faculty and optometrists
December
January
  • Continue revising your Personal Statement Draft
  • Submit Interview Stream for Mock Interview Appointment
February
  • Research programs and schools
  • Participate in Mock Interview Program with a Pre-Health Advisor
March
  • Finalize your Personal Statement
  • Consider Mock Interviewing if not previously completed 
April
  • Participate in Mock Interview if not previously completed
  • Confirm preparation of all LOEs for July submission to OptomCAS
May & June
  • Take OAT by early May
  • Review OptomCAS application instruction manual
July
  • Primary application (OptomCAS) opens in early July
  • Submit primary application, transcripts and all LOEs to OptomCAS by end of July
August
  • Complete secondary applications
  • Utilize Interview Stream and Mock Interviewing
September
  • Complete secondary applications
  • Interviews begin 
  • Notify fall semester professors of the potential need to travel during the semester for Optometry School Interviews
Fall
  • Interviews continue until spring
  • Provide any relevant (academic, co-curricular) updates to schools in December
Spring
  • Make final choice of school based on OptomCAS traffic rules