FAQ
Admissions

For the class of 2022, completed applications must be received by March 31, 2018.

Students applying to any school or college of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico must do so through the optometry centralized application service, OptomCAS: 
http://www.optomcas.org
The OptomCAS service allows prospective students to submit one application that will be sent to multiple optometry programs. The service is designed to streamline the application process and make it more efficient and user-friendly.

KYCO has included any supplemental questions in OptomCAS.There is currently no supplemental application or a supplemental application fee.


Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Yes, you can take the OAT more than once. Your highest scores will be taken into consideration.

Please refer to the OAT Examinee Guide located at http://www.opted.org/ for detailed information on the administration of the examination. Test preparation materials and a sample test are located at the same website location. 


Other

The Kentucky College of Optometry awards the degree of Doctor of Optometry (O.D.).

Applicants will be considered on the basis of academic performance represented by coursework grades, course load, academic trends and degree of course difficulty, and scores on the components of the Optometry Admission Test. In addition, the applicant review will include consideration of the non-academic qualifications such as: positions of leadership held, volunteer activities in optometric or other health care related services, extra-curricular activities, communication skills (as demonstrated in the personal statement and interview), and letters of evaluation, in no particular order of preference or weight.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale*
  • Overall OAT Score: 300*

*In exceptional cases where the strength of the overall application may warrant consideration of a lower GPA or OAT score.

Although a four-year baccalaureate degree is highly recommended, students are eligible to matriculate after successfully completing three years (90 credits from a four-year college or university) of study.

KYCO welcomes future students from various academic backgrounds, no matter your major; however, all accepted students must complete all of the KYCO prerequisite courses prior to entering the O.D. program.

We expect to seat 60 students per year.

At this time, KYCO only accepts residents of the United States.

Yes. KYCO will provide information to incoming students regarding pre-matriculation health standards and standards for immunization against infectious disease. These requirements are in place to safeguard KYCO itself and the public we serve, against infectious disease. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the required pre-matriculation immunizations and necessary signatures, and forward the documentation to the Office of Student Affairs, prior to the start of classes.
 
Pre-matriculation immunizations must be filed with the Office of Student Affairs. Documentation will include: 1) the immunization given and the date and 2) physician/registered nurse’s signature. These basic immunizations are the financial responsibility of the student. Any entering student who has not completed all requirements for immunizations by matriculation will meet with the Office of Student Affairs to discuss the need for documentation and further action. This meeting will outline the timeline for immunization completion; past the timeline, the student will risk loss of enrollment status.

Pre-matriculation immunizations and standards:
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (booster with Td or Tdap)
  • Varicella (chicken pox) (positive IgG antibody titer or proof of two vaccines)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR1 and 2); (immunity documented by positive IgG antibody titer)
  • Tuberculosis screening (Mantoux only); if TB skin test is found positive, then evidence of medical follow-up with recommendations must be provided
  • Meningitis vaccination (for a student residing in UPIKE housing, the student must provide a signature that indicates an understanding of the risks associated with meningococcal disease and that the benefits of vaccination have been reviewed)

After matriculation, and prior to patient care, professional optometry students are also encouraged to complete patient contact requirements.

Optometrists are doctors who are specifically trained on the overall health of the eyes and act as the primary eye health provider. Doctors of Optometry (O.D. degree) work with refractive errors and maintenance and/or treatment of medical eye diseases and in Kentucky are licensed to perform certain laser surgical procedures. Optometrists are licensed doctors who are held to the same legal standard as physicians.  A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. degree) is a professional doctoral degree offered by medical schools and is founded on philosophy of treating people, not just symptoms. Osteopathic physicians and have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as an M.D. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine and can perform surgery in 60 countries, including all 50 states in the United States.

Additional questions?
Email our Admissions office at kycoadmissions@upike.edu and they will be happy to help you.

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