Future Doctor of Optometry students

FOR SEPTEMBER 2023 ADMISSION APPLICATIONS, the OAT must be taken from August 31, 2020 to August 31, 2022 (inclusive).  Book your test early so you'll be able to meet this deadline.

Online labs will no longer be accepted after winter 2022.  

Due to COVID-19, for the winter 2020 term only, we will accept CR for prerequisite courses.      

Due to COVID-19, for the spring 2020 term, we will accept online labs. 

Due to COVID-19, for the fall 2020 term, we will accept online labs.

Due to COVID-19, for the winter 2021 term, we will accept online labs.  

Due to COVID-19, for the spring 2021  term, we will accept online labs. 

Due to COVID-19, for the fall 2021 term, we will accept online labs.  

Due to COVID-19, for the winter 2022 term, we will accept online labs.

Applications for September 2023 admission will be available July 13, 2022.  

The CASPer test dates for September 2023 admission will be available approximately June 2022.  CASPer and Snapshot are required.  Please go to the Non-academic requirements for specific information.

You’ll find all the important dates for September 2023 admission here.  


Accredited, professional, 4-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree

Are you interested in becoming an Optometrist in Canada?

Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science offers an accredited, professional, 4 year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. The School is the only provider of English language instruction of optometry in Canada (the only French language school is the École d'Optométrie at the Université de Montréal).

These pages provide:

  • General information about the profession of optometry
  • General information about our program
  • Admission requirements
  • Detailed information about the admission process

For additional help, please first review all the pages of the Future Optometry Student site. If you still have questions, contact the appropriate resource from our contact page Need some answers? We’re here to help!