COVID-19 Statement for Current and Prospective Applicants

COVID-19 Statement for Current and Prospective Applicants

posted 6/24/2020

All of our schools and colleges of optometry continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Each institution continues to follow their state’s recommendations and individual protocols regarding this threat.

Current Updates

OAT Exam

The OAT exam is considered an essential testing program by Prometric. Candidates should be prepared for longer-than-normal wait times for testing appointments. However, it should also be noted that Prometric continues to release new, open seats. For the week of June 16, 2020, for example, Prometric has enabled thousands of additional appointments in markets in the US. New appointment hours are opening daily. Please continue to check frequently if you are looking to schedule a testing appointment; all appointments will book on a first come, first serve basis.

Important information is listed below:

General Prometric Information:
Open Prometric Sites:

To schedule or reschedule the OAT exam:

For the most up-to-date information on the OAT:


Application Cycle 2020-2021 – OPENS JUNE 30, 2020
Launch Date:  The 2020-2021 OptomCAS application cycle will launch as planned on June 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Related Questions:  The following COVID-19 related questions will be part of the OptomCAS application.

  • Did your institution move to offering only an online curriculum during the COVID-19 crisis? If yes, what classes/labs were affected? Please include what semesters.
  • Did you have an opportunity to receive a letter grade for any of your courses taken during the COVID-19 crisis?  If yes, please include courses.
  • How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted your pathway to optometry school through your academic, professional and personal life? How have you responded to these changes?

COVID-19 Admissions Updates from the Schools and Colleges of Optometry
(virtual interviews, OAT and other standardized exams, online courses and pass/fail grades)

Our schools and colleges of optometry are currently working on their admissions processes to accommodate applicants who have been impacted by COVID-19. For up-to-date admissions information for each of our schools and colleges of optometry, please click here. If you have other questions, please contact the institutions directly.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.