Instructions > Essay

The essay for OptomCAS is “Please describe what inspires your decision for becoming an optometrist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, the basis for your interest in optometry, and your future career goals.”

Your essay should be limited to 4500 characters. For each school to which you are going to apply, you may tailor your essay on the abovementioned topic. After you save your essay(s), you may upload them to be sent to the appropriate designated schools in the “School Designations” section found at the end of the application. We encourage you to name each essay to correspond with the name of each school.

Should you wish to compose your essay using a word processing program to copy and paste in your OptomCAS application, the preferred programs are WordPad or Notepad.

To enter your Personal Essay:

  1. Click “ADD NEW ENTRY
  2. In the “Name of Personal Essay” box, enter a unique description for this essay
  3. USING YOUR OWN WORDS, enter your Personal Essay into the “Personal Essay” text-box
  4. Click “Save

The Personal Essay review page will display the name and preview of the essay you entered: