Steps for the admissions process
Step 1: Requirements
Take a look at the Requisites
- 90 credits or more from an accredited university. These must include the following 54 credits as pre-requisites:
COURSE OR AREA MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS General Biology 6 credits Microbiology 3 credits General Chemistry 6 credits Organic Chemistry 3 credits Calculus 3 credits General Physics 6 credits General Psychology 3 credits Statistics 3 credits English 6 credits Humanities 6 credits Social Sciences 6 credits Biochemistry 3 credits Total 54 credits
- 2.50+ General GPA (Grade Point Average)
- 2.50+ Requisite courses RGPA (Required Course work Point Average)
- Scores on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) may be accepted in place of or in addition to the OAT.
- Science prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.
- An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrolling.
Step 2: Application
Complete your OptomCas Application
- Application Period: Application must be completed between July 1, 2022 and no later than May 25, 2023 to request admission for August 2023.
- Official Transcripts– submit official transcripts directly to OptomCAS.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 letter must be from an Optometrist). Letters should be sent directly to OptomCAS. For details about Letters of Recommendations access https://www.optomcas.org/information-about-schools-colleges/letters-of-recommendations/
Take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
- The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) should be taken no later than June 30 of the calendar year for which the candidate requests admission. The candidate must request that the results of this test be sent directly to the OptomCas service. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) may be accepted in place of or in addition to the OAT.
- GRE RECIPIENT CODES:Institution Code 6948 & Department Code 0611
Step 3: Appointment for Interview
An appointment is scheduled for your interview (in person or virtual)
A personal interview is a part of the application process. Upon completion of the applicant’s file, a review will be made to determine if the candidate will be granted an interview. However, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission.
Interview Preparation The Committee explores the candidate’s strengths using five criteria:
- Concern for career objectives
- Knowledge of the profession
- Communication skills in English and Spanish
- Self-confidence This is your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the program and the School. Be prepared!
Step 4: Admission Decision
Step 5: Reserve your Spot!
When admitted reserve your spot!
- Send your deposit: Credit Card Authorization Form or Money order. Once a candidate is accepted, a $1,000.00 deposit is required within 15 days of acceptance to secure the seat. This deposit will be applied to the tuition fee. An administrative fee of $500.00 will be deducted from the acceptance deposit if a prospective student with an accepted offer of admission withdraws or declines his/her candidacy.
- Health Certificate and Vaccination – Upon acceptance of admission a candidate must provide the Health Certificate and proof of Hepatitis B vaccine
- Submit any other pending document.
Welcome! We can’t wait to meet you during Orientation Week!.
Admissions for Veterans, Foreign and Transfer Students
- Veterans All programs of the University are authorized by both the Veterans’ Administration and the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Veterans intending to enroll and receive VA educational benefits should submit an application through the Office of the Registrar of the Campus in which they intend to pursue studies.
- Foreign Students Foreign students should direct their inquiries to the campus they plan to attend. As part of the admissions requirement, Inter American University of Puerto Rico reserves the right to interview the applicants. If the applicants are approved for admission, the Admissions Office fills out the I-20 Form A from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which enables them to obtain student visas.
- Transfer Students Application for transfer
Readmission to the School
Students who discontinue studies for two semesters or more or two trimesters or more should request readmission at the Office of the Registrar of the Campus to which they seek admission. All requests should be made at least one month before the following enrollment period. Students who have taken courses at another institution of higher learning should present official evidence of the credits taken. This evidence will be submitted to the appropriate office for evaluation.
Students readmitted will follow the School Catalog and the rules and regulations in effect at the time of their readmission.