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You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing best time to apply, Preparation for the MCAT, the AACOMAS application, and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Prepare and register for the OAT exam.
Take the OAT exam, begin to gather letters of recommendation (can submit up to 4).
OptomCAS will open at the end of June for applicants to submit.
You may start receiving supplemental applications or be invited to interview during this time. Please be aware that schools will have individual deadlines.
Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as an optometry student and future optometrist. Optometry programs may favor having at least 1 letter of recommendation from a practicing optometrist (OD). OptomCAS will allow for up to 4 letters of recommendation to be submitted. Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit. Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!
After optometry schools have received your primary AACOMAS application, they may invite you to complete a secondary or supplemental application. It is important that you are aware of deadlines, complete and submit supplemental applications as soon as possible.