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Western University of Health Sciences

College of Optometry

Pomona, CA

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Overview

Western University of Health Sciences / College of Optometry is located in Pomona, CA, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 62

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam OAT or GRE
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

693
Applied
205
Accepted
80
Enrolled
30%

Applying

65
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline May 1st May 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam OAT or GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation; BS or BA (recommended); must meet the functional guidelines established by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 79

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

$163,910
Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 2
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Traineership

Student Body

336
Total Graduate Students
4%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 12.5%
Black or African American 1.79%
White or Caucasian 24%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 37.8%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.19%
Two or more races 11.61%
Unknown 6.25%

Gender

Male (26%)
Female (73%)

Faculty

35
Total faculty
Full-time - 31
Part-time - 4
Male (16)
Female (19)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Measuring visual acuity in adult zebrafish and comparison of retinal disease models, carotenoid metabolism in eye development and disease using zebrafish, examining visual dysfunction in an Alzheimer's zebrafish model, electrophysiology of the zebrafish retina, investigating ocular imaging particularly OCT and its use in glaucoma management
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
20,571

Location & Contact

Address 309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA  91766-1854
United States
Contact Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe
Dean
Email: ehoppe@westernu.edu
Phone: 909-706-3497

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