Optometry

Pre-Optometry at UH Mānoa

Optometrists are primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the eyes and related structures. In addition to prescribing and fitting prescription glasses and contact lenses, optometrists diagnose diseases and prescribe medications.

Click here to learn more about the field of optometry, such as what to expect in optometry school. 

Click here to learn about the required prerequisites, getting relevant experiences, researching optometry schools, and the OAT.

Click here to learn about the application process for optometry school and financial aid opportunities.

Learn More About OptometryOptometry: A Career Guide by ASCO (Physical copy available in PAC)
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
Researching SchoolsSchools and Colleges of Optometry Admission Requirements (SCOAR) by ASCO
Entrance ExamsOptometry Admission Test (OAT)
OAT Overview
ApplicationsOptometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS)
Letters of RecommendationRequired Types
InterviewsSample Interview Questions
Financial AidWestern Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
EngagementHawaii Pre-Health Career Corps
The Pre-Health Career Corps (PHCC) is a free year-round program for Hawaii high school and college students who are interested in health careers. Its purpose is to increase awareness about health careers, provide mentoring, shadowing and research experiences, and provide campus exposure to health careers.

Text compiled from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website, the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) website, NAAHP’s Medical Professions Admission Guide: Strategy for Success, and the UHM 2017-2018 Catalog.