KYCO is now accepting applications for Fall 2019. The application cycle closes March 31, 2019.

Below is a checklist of all required materials necessary for a completed Admissions Application to the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) program. Based on the submitted application and information, applicants will be invited for an on-site interview. All application materials must be received by the Kentucky College of Optometry by the March 31 deadline. Admission to the Kentucky College of Optometry is done on a rolling basis therefore early application is highly recommended.

Application Checklist (PDF)
Students applying to any school or college of Optometry must utilize the Optometry Centralized Application Service, known as OptomCAS. This service is designed to streamline your application process and can be found at:

Completed OptomCAS application and fee
Official Transcripts (also submitted through OptomCAS)
Submit all transcripts from undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate programs attended only through OptomCAS.

Tip: Request transcripts be sent to OptomCAS early in the application process to ensure reciept prior to the application deadline.

Letters of Evaluation (also submitted through OptomCAS) Although OptomCAS allows up to four letters of recommendation to be entered into the online application, KYCO requires and will only review two letters of recommendation.
o One recommendation should be from a health care provider (preferably an O.D. who is a member of the AOA).
o One recommendation should be from any of the following:
• Pre-health care professional committee member
• Pre-health care advisor
• Science faculty member

Students are also required to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). Information can be found at:

Official OAT Score Report - Make sure to designate the Kentucky College of Optometry as an official OAT score recipient.

An essay for your application is not required, but if you desire to add one to your file, you may add it as an additional document when applying. Additionally, KYCO does not have a secondary application and charges no additional application fees beyond those charged directly by OptomCAS.

Additionally OptomCas requires all applicants to review and have an understanding of the ASCO Functional Standards for Didactic and Clinical Optometric Training and to affirm that each applicant meets these standard.

Tip: Often candidates will seek to re-take the OAT, which requires a 90-day wait. It is advisable to plan for a possible re-take of the OAT prior to the deadline of the application process.

The admissions office will email the applicant to acknowledge that a complete application has been received. Once the application has been processed, the admissions office will send an email regarding application status.

University of Pikeville
Kentucky College of Optometry

Attn: Admissions Office
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone (606) 218-5517

More: Visit ASCO's Website at: and read the "True Stories" about Optometry.

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