Admission process

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Applicants must meet both academic and non-academic requirements to be considered for admission.

The Doctor of Optometry is a second-entry program, meaning entrants must complete a compulsory set of university-level courses prior to entering the Optometry program. The list of courses is referred to as the “prerequisite courses.” These prerequisite courses provide the base of knowledge that the Optometry program subsequently builds upon.

Academic requirements

  • Three or more years of BSc 
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Overall average of 75.0% at the time of application
  • Full course load -  five courses per term for six terms, not including labs

Admission Information Form (AIF)

  • The second step in the application process is the completing the Admission Information Form (AIF).

Non-academic requirements

  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
  • CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics)
  • Two Confidential assessment forms (CAFs): Optometrist CAF and Character CAF.
  • Proof of citizenship
  • English language requirements
  • Non-academic application sections
  • Meet & Greet
  • Police check (criminal record check)

Meet & Greet

Selection process

  • Selection criteria
  • Profile of past first-year students
  • Factors not considered by the admissions committee

Additional considerations

  • Deferment and transfer
  • Immunization policy

Financial considerations

  • Application fee, tuition fees & supplies, housing, meals, and other costs, financial aid & student awards