Doctor of Optometry

Application Process

The college participates in the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) for the receipt and processing of all applications. OptomCAS takes no part in the selection of students. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are accepted from July 1st to April 1st via the OptomCAS centralized application service.  Entering students are admitted to the program for the fall term only.  A completed application from OptomCAS, the supplemental application, and a non-refundable fee of $50 must be submitted for each applicant. Since applications received early in the application cycle will be given priority consideration, it is in the best interest of the prospective student to complete their applications early.

Listed below are the necessary steps to complete the application process:

  1. The application for admission must be submitted electronically through an interactive web-based application, which can be accessed at www.optomcas.org. This application includes:
    1. Completed OptomCAS application
    2. An official transcript from the registrars of all colleges and universities attended.  This must be submitted electronically or mailed directly by the college or university.
    3. OAT scores (must be no more than 2 years old)
    4. Letters may be submitted electronically directly to OptomCAS procedures.  Letters may be submitted electronically or mailed directly to OptomCAS.
  2. Upon completion of this centralized application, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry requires a secondary application. This application will be sent to the applicant via email upon notification from OptomCAS. The email will contain a link to access the secondary application on-line.
  3. The applicant should submit the following materials to Nova Southeastern University:
    1. A completed secondary application
    2. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00.

The deadline date for submitting the secondary application for NSU College of Optometry is April 15th. It should be sent to:

Enrollment Processing Services
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue-P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33314-9905

Optometry Admissions Test

All applicants are required to take the Optometry Admissions Test.  This online examination evaluates the applicants knowledge of biology, general and organic chemistry, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and physics. This exam can be taken any time by making an appointment with a Prometric Testing Center. Applicants must wait 90 days before repeating test administrations.

Test information is available at:

Optometry Admissions Test
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL  60611
Telephone: (800) 232-2678
Website: https://www.ada.org/oat/

Interview Process

A personal interview is a part of the application process.  However, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission.  Upon completion of the applicant’s file, a review will be made to determine if the candidate will be granted an interview.  Not all applicants will be granted an interview, and only those applicants whose files are complete will be considered.  The Office of Admissions will notify selected candidates of the date and time of the interview.

Notice of Acceptance

Notice of acceptance will be on a rolling or periodic schedule. Early completion of the application process is in the best interest of the student.

Re-applicants

If you are re-applying to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, please take time to answer these additional questions. In order to fully consider your application, it will be necessary for you to submit the answers to these questions (on a separate sheet of paper) with your secondary application.

  1. Why are you interested in reapplying to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry?
  2. What have you been doing since your last application to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry?
  3. What changes in your application make you a more competitive candidate?