Future Doctor of Optometry students

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

Applications for September 2021 are now closed. Applications for September 2022 admission will be available in mid-July 2021.

For September 2021 admission applications, OAT scores must be taken from August 31, 2018 to September 30, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 the deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020 January 8, 2021.

The CASPer test dates for September 2021 admission are now available.  NEW: CASPer Snapshot is required.  Please go to the Non-academic requirements for specific information.

You’ll find all the important dates for September 2021 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!