Optometry is a regulated healthcare profession that deals with the eyes and visual system. “Optometrists provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.” (World Council of Optometry) Optometrists typically work in private practice. Fresh graduates work for 2 years in established practices, like apprentices, before moving on to opening new practices or buying into an existing one.
For a comprehensive list of schools in the United States that are recognized in Canada, please visit the Canadian Association of Optometrists website at https://opto.ca/becoming-a-doctor-of-optometry
The OAT is administered by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). It is a multiple-choice test that covers four areas:
Review the Volunteering and Internships tip sheets, attend a Work Search Strategies workshop or book an appointment with a Career Counsellor or Career Strategist. If you are invited to an interview you can review our Interviews and Preparing for the Multiple Mini Interview tip sheets, or attend our MMI Prep 101 workshop for access to a MMI practice session in the winter term. Visit CLN and look in Events & Workshops in Scarborough for MMI Prep 101.
Optometry programs require a minimum mid-B average. Many look for demonstrated interest and relevant experience.
Visit the AA&CC and the Centre for Teaching & Learning to improve your academic skills.
Get to know your professors. Their research is interesting! Professors who know you fairly well are able to write strong reference letters for you.
Join volunteer and cocurricular activities that demonstrate your skills and ongoing interest in a career in Optometry.
Recent annual tuition at the University of Waterloo was roughly $8,000. Remember to ask about scholarships and bursaries! Click Here for additional financial support information.
Attend the Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, go to a Preparing for Professional & Graduate School workshop, or speak with a Career team member to learn how to get relevant experience!
Please Note: While this page aims to ensure accuracy, requirements do change. Consider it a starting point for your further research. Visit individual program websites for detailed, up-to-date information about admission requirements and application procedures.