Pacific University Supplemental Application Information | Optometry
The Pacific University College of Optometry requires a supplemental application in addition to the OptomCAS application.
A non-refundable supplemental application fee of $25 (U.S.) must be submitted with the application. Any applicant can have his/her $25 supplemental application fee waived by a Pacific University College of Optometry alumnus. To waive the application fee, click "Request a Fee Waiver" at the end of the online supplemental application, and fill in the name of the alumnus, year of Pacific University graduation, business address, email, and phone number. The sponsoring optometrist does not have to pay the $25. Applicants can also submit a request for a hardship fee waiver by writing a short statement.
Applicant Information and Signature Page
You must complete all information and electronically sign the signature line.
Respond carefully to each essay as instructed in the application. Through the essay questions, we are trying to learn something about you. No limits have been placed on essay length to allow for individual choice. Your responses should not be a repeated or rephrased Personal Statement from the OptomCAS application. You may use the Optional Essay as an opportunity to provide any additional information about yourself for consideration.
Optometry Observation Hours
Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete 10 hours of paid or unpaid observation in multiple settings.
Please note the additional essay question specifically for re-applicants to the Pacific University Optometry program. Re-applicants are strongly encouraged to submit new essays.
Enter coursework you have completed or plan to complete by the start of the program in August 2018. The following prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last ten years: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry (if applicable) and General Physics.
In-depth experience in the sciences within the last ten years may be able to be substituted for expired coursework on a case-by-case basis. Examples include applicants pursuing a doctorate degree in the sciences whose general science prerequisites were completed more than seven years ago. Optometric or ophthalmic experience may not be substituted for expired courses.
You must have a plan to complete all prerequisite coursework. A maximum of 8 semester credits of AP or IB credit can be used toward the prerequisite requirements for applicants with qualifying scores.
Pacific University College of Optometry accepts online prerequisite coursework for no more than 8 semester credits or two courses; whichever is less. If taking online science prerequisite courses, it is required that labs are physical, not virtual. Online prerequisite courses will only be considered from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
Bachelor's Degree Completion Option Form
The Bachelor’s Degree Option section is to be completed only by applicants who will not have a bachelor’s degree when they begin classes at Pacific University College of Optometry in August 2018.
English Language Proficiency
For applicants whose first language is other than English, official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required to be submitted to OptomCAS. The College of Optometry requires a minimum TOEFL score of: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 105 internet-based, with minimum sub-section scores. More information about the English Proficiency Policy can be found within the instructions for Pacific University’s supplemental application.