Berkeley Optometry offers residencies in the 7 different areas. You may apply to only one area of study (e.g., Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation or Pediatric Optometry/Primary Eye Optometry, etc.). Your letter of intent should explain your interest. The Residency Admissions Committee, chaired by the Dean, will follow the procedures of the University of California as an equal opportunity employer.
Matched applicants to the on-campus residency program must satisfy all requirements for California licensure by the first day of residency training. This includes the successful completion of NBEO Part I, II, III, TMOD, and passing the California law exam administered through the state board. They 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.Considering the negative impact of COVID-19 on NBEO testing availability, an applicant will be considered for an interview even without the NBEO part I score.
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.
To apply, please follow these steps:
Specific Notes for UC Berkeley Application Website
Please choose “Fall 2021.” You should find the Optometry Residency Certificate Program.
The website may ask for a Personal Statement in a few different ways – ex: Letter of Intent and Statement of Purpose. Please use the same letter.
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. Please be 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 the 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.
After the application deadline, interview invitations will be sent to successful applicants. From January through March, the Residency Admissions Committee will be organizing and conducting interviews. However, the residency program allows for some flexibility, given the applicant’s schedules.
Kuniyoshi Kanai O.D., F.A.A.O.
Director, On Campus Residency Program
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