Applicants are responsible for properly completing the application, sending supporting documents and fees to OptomCAS in a timely manner, and regularly checking their application status. OptomCAS applicants to schools and colleges of optometry agree to:
- Review the application procedures and admissions prerequisites of each designated optometry program for which he/she plans to apply.
- Use the OptomCAS Transcript Request Form to arrange for all official US and Canadian transcripts to be sent to OptomCAS by the program's application deadline.
- Provide all required information on the OptomCAS application accurately and in a timely manner.
- Provide all required information on the supplemental applications (if required) accurately and in a timely manner.
- Abide by all selected OptomCAS school-specific deadlines.
- Arrange for OptomCAS to receive a course-by-course Transcript Evaluation Report for all international institutions attended, if required by the applicant’s designated optometry programs.
- Provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders and notify them that they will be contacted by email for their letter and Evaluation Request Form.
- Respond immediately to all notices and questions received from OptomCAS and each program to which you apply (you are responsible for checking your personal email, including any junk mail folders, and OptomCAS accounts for these important notices and questions).
- Print a copy of the completed OptomCAS application before submitting to OptomCAS.
- Agree to submit the correct OptomCAS application fee.
- Promptly respond to any criminal background check correspondence and pay fee as required (if applicable).
- Pay any additional program supplemental fees that may be required.
- Check application status online by logging into the OptomCAS application.
- Promptly notify OptomCAS of any change in contact information.
- Promptly notify all optometry programs of any change in contact information.
- Contact schools and colleges of optometry directly regarding questions about admissions decisions, school-specific admissions criteria, or other program-specific information.
- Respond promptly to programs, either to accept or decline interview invitations and offers of admission.
- Respond promptly to all offers of admission. Once you accept an offer, it is your obligation to immediately notify and withdraw any outstanding applications or to decline offers of admission from other schools and colleges of optometry. If you are holding more than one seat after May 15, 2021, failure to decline offers may result in offers of admissions being changed or revoked. Applicants who receive multiple offers after May 15, 2021 must respond to those offers quickly and failure to do so may result in offers of admission being changed or revoked. Schools and colleges of optometry participate in Shared Acceptance Reports during the OptomCAS cycle which allows them to be informed when you are holding more than one set.
- Log off the OptomCAS web application after the completion of each entry to protect against unauthorized access of application information submitted to OptomCAS.
Applicant Code of Conduct
Once admitted to a professional optometry program, students are considered to be members of the optometry profession and therefore bear the responsibility to adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards prescribed for the practice of optometry and their school or college of optometry. Applicants, although not yet members of the profession, are likewise bound to legal and ethical standards of behavior during the admissions process. Schools and colleges of optometry are encouraged to admit applicants who possess a high level of professionalism and professional potential.
The Applicant Code of Conduct provides an explicit statement of applicant responsibilities and expected standards of performance and behavior.
Applicants are expected to:
- Act with honesty and integrity throughout the admissions process when interacting with school admissions officers, admissions committees, and OptomCAS staff.
- Respect the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of those involved in the admissions process, including the faculty and staff at the schools and colleges of optometry and OptomCAS staff.
- Respect the autonomy and dignity of fellow applicants, admissions staff, faculty, students, and anyone involved in the admissions process.
- Be responsible and accountable for their actions and personally manage and respond to all matters related to their application.
Misconduct, as defined in the Applicant Code of Conduct, and all forms of dishonesty, are not tolerated in the application process. An applicant who acts unethically may be denied admission to all OptomCAS participating schools and colleges of optometry for the current and future application cycles. Moreover, such unethical actions, if disclosed after enrollment in a program, or at the beginning of optometric practice, can result in more serious consequences. It is important that applicants understand the significance of exhibiting professional behavior throughout their careers, starting with the application process.
Applicant Affirmation Language
I affirm that I have read and understand the OptomCAS Applicant Responsibilities and Code of Conduct that are listed above. In addition, I affirm that all the information contained in my application is factually correct and honestly presented. It is understood and agreed that any information an applicant provides that is dishonest or misrepresents the applicant will be shared with all schools and colleges of optometry. Information will also be shared if an applicant is a “no-show” for a scheduled admissions interview. It is further understood that an applicant who misrepresents him/herself or otherwise acts unethically or dishonestly may be denied admission to all OptomCAS participating schools and colleges of optometry for the current and future application cycles. All credential data, including the application form, letters of recommendation, transcripts in support of the application, photographs, and personal statements become property of OptomCAS and cannot be returned.