Matched applicants to the on campus residency program must satisfy all requirements for California licensure by the first day of residency training. This includes successful completion of NBEO Part III and passing the California law exam administered through the state board. The Residency Admissions Committee, chaired by the Dean, will follow the procedures of the University of California as an equal opportunity employer.
By the time of matriculation, all applicants must have graduated from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited school or college of optometry with an OD degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the optometry professional curriculum. Applicants must have passed NBEO part 1, 2 and TMOD in order to be considered for admissions.
International students are eligible to apply for the program if they are currently at a US school of optometry on a student visa that can be converted to an OPT Visa for their residency year of study.
For clarification regarding your eligibility, please contact the Director of Residencies.
Requirements for Awarding of Certificate
All program requirements must be fulfilled, which include: three case presentations, one formal paper, patient logs, completion of binder, required evaluations and favorable recommendation from the chief mentor.
Dates and Time Requirements
Residents are scheduled for 5 days/week and most clinics run from approximately 8am-6pm. All residents participate in the after hours emergency on-call program. Ten days of personal leave and 7 days of educational leave are provided.
- Yearly stipend of $32,000 (not contingent upon productivity).
- Tuition and fees are paid for by the program.
- Professional liability protection is covered by the University Eye Center while in residency.
- Residents are automatically enrolled in the University’s major medical Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). SHIP provides major medical insurance coverage to supplement the campus primary health care services available through University Health Services (UHS). Enrollment in SHIP is automatic and billed to the resident unless they opt out by showing self-coverage by a comparable insurance plan.
- The resident has 10 days personal leave (including sick days) and 7 days continuing education leave.
To apply, follow these steps:
Three Letters of Recommendations
Letters of Recommendations- an email will be sent to your letter writer from UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division requesting they upload their letter to your application. By sure to carefully enter their contact information (i.e email address)
Official or unofficial transcripts from your OD degree can be uploaded directly to your application. No undergraduate transcripts are required. If unofficial, ensure that your institution name and full legal name are clearly visible. Also note you will be required to submit official, hard-copy transcripts to the Graduate Division if accepted to the program.
When filling out your academic history, only put your OD degree or the system will require a transcript for all other schools listed.
NBEO scores should be uploaded to the “Supporting Materials” section of the application.
GPA should be entered in all required fields, including current cumulative OD GPA into “Cumulative Graduate GPA, if applicable.”
Economic and Employment Background
These sections are not required.
You do not have to pay an application fee. When completing PAYMENT section, choose FEE EXEMPTION and then OPTOMETRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM from the list of eligibility. Follow the guidelines outlined in each section.
Applications for the off campus VA program
If you are interested in applying to a Berkeley affiliated VA (Veterans Administration) program as well as an on-campus program, you will need to send your application materials directly to the VA program that you are applying to, in addition to completing the online application for the on campus program. Candidates applying to affiliated VA programs must be US citizens at the time of the ORMatch, and if male, must have registered for Selective Service as required by the federal government.
After the application deadline, on-site interview invitations will be sent to successful applicants. From mid-January through February, the Residency Admissions Committee will be organizing and conducting on-site interviews. However, the residency program allows for some flexibility given student clinicians’ travel schedules.
Insurance and Immunization
Professional liability insurance is provided to residents while working in University internal and external clinics only. Personal health insurance coverage is required. UC Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) coverage is available. Residents can purchase coverage for the period not covered by SHIP. Students are required to obtain immunization, evidence of immunity, or freedom from disease for a number of common infectious diseases, for their protection and for the protection of the public they will serve.
Kuniyoshi Kanai O.D., F.A.A.O.
Director, On Campus Residency Program
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