How to Apply | Optometry

Important Application Dates

Event Date Important Resources
OptomCAS Application Deadline: 2/13/2020 OptomCAS Website
OAT or GRE

Deadline: 2/13/2020
Retake Deadline: 4/1/2020

OAT Website
GRE Website

Interviews September 2019 through April 2020 Forest Grove Campus
Start of Program Late August 2020 College of Optometry Student Resources

Your application for admission to Pacific University College of Optometry will not be reviewed until we receive a verified OptomCAS with supporting letters of evaluation, and OAT or GRE scores.

OptomCAS Application

Official College and University Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from every college and university you have attended must be sent directly to OptomCAS
  • Review the instructions in the OptomCAS applicant portal link carefully before requesting your transcripts
  • Request transcripts early and check your account frequently to ensure your information has been received

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Applicants must designate the courses that they have completed or plan to complete to fulfill the prerequisite requirements prior to starting the Doctor of Optometry program in the OptomCAS application
  • Applicants can apply with prerequisite courses still in-progress

Letters of Evaluation

  • One letter of evaluation from a non-relative optometrist is required
  • One letter of evaluation from an instructor who has taught you in a graded course at the college-level is required
    • Applicants who have been out of school for more than 2 years may submit a letter of evaluation from a direct supervisor or laboratory manager in lieu of a college instructor
  • Committee letters will be accepted as long as it includes the required letters of evaluation

Personal Statement

  • This essay should not be repeated or rephrased within the Pacific University supplemental essay responses
  • The personal statement essay questions is “Please describe what inspires your decision for becoming an optometrist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, the basis for your interest in optometry, and your future career goals.”

Supplemental Questions

  • Respond thoughtfully to the supplemental questions for Pacific University College of Optometry within the OptomCAS application
  • You may use the optional essay as an opportunity to provide any additional pertinent information (academic, personal or application related) that you think the Admissions Committee should take into consideration while evaluating your application

Optometry Shadowing Hours

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete 10 hours of paid or unpaid observation in multiple settings
  • Hours should be listed within the “Experiences” section of the OptomCAS application

Re-applicants

  • Re-applicants are required to submit a response for the re-applicant essay question in OptomCAS
  • Re-applicants are strongly encouraged to submit new application essays

Essential Functions Document

Applicants must acknowledge that they have reviewed the Essential Functions for Pacific University College of Optometry, OD program and fulfill the Essential Functions.

Test Requirements

  • The OAT or GRE is required for all applicants.
  • The test date must be no earlier than two years prior to the opening of the current OptomCAS session, and the first attempt no later than February 13, 2020 for scores to be valid for Fall 2020 entry. Applicants can retake the exam on or before April 1, 2020 for Fall 2020

English Language Proficiency

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University, prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree in the US or Canada at a regionally accredited college or university. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to some programs.

Minimum Test Score Requirements

Paper-based

TOEFL
Computer-based

TOEFL
Internet-based

IELTS

600 overall

Minimum per section:
54-55 reading
55 listening
55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:
21 reading
22 listening
22 structure/writing

100 overall

Minimum per section:
20 reading
21 listening
22 writing
22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:
7.0

Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways that indicate insufficient English skills to join this program.

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date)
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States