The UAB School of Optometry makes lasting contributions to eye care and vision science by providing education and clinical training to optometry students and postdoctoral residents. The fundamental goal of the four-year professional optometry program is to prepare its students to be the nation’s leaders in providing comprehensive, evidence-based eye care.

Now one of the top optometry programs in the nation, the UAB School of Optometry was one of the first in the U.S. to be fully integrated into an academic health system. As a result, small classes with a target size of 50 students are embedded within the vast network of academic and clinical resources offered by UAB. Internationally recognized faculty in optometry, vision science and ophthalmology teach students within a state-of-the-art clinical practice, students have the opportunities to engage in research.

Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in the UAB School of Optometry. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle because we use a rolling admissions process. The deadline for applications for the class entering fall 2020 is April 1, 2020. A specific major is not required for admission to the UAB School of Optometry, but specific prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants must also complete the Optometry Admissions Test, submit letters of recommendation, forward academic transcripts and be interviewed at the UAB School of Optometry.

The Admissions Committee is keenly aware of your concerns during these uncertain times of COVID-19. We want to assure you we will show flexibility when accessing your academic record during the semesters effected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Pass/Fail grading scale used for courses, including prerequisite courses, will be accepted whether the grading scale decisions were made by the institution or the student. Ultimately the committee remains committed to admitting the best and brightest students using a holistic assessment process.

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Clinical Training

Students at the UAB School of Optometry receive clinical training at UAB Eye Care, affiliated sites throughout the Birmingham area and through the externship program.

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Community Outreach

Optometry students at UAB provide numerous screenings and comprehensive eye exams at sites across Alabama and the region through community outreach. Students, faculty and residents collectively examine nearly 25,000 patients per year.

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Curriculum

As one of the first optometry schools to be integrated into an academic health center, the UAB School of Optometry offers courses within its Department of Optometry and Vision Science, in addition to courses in other UAB health science departments.

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Dual Degree Programs

Students at the UAB School of Optometry can combine their four-year Doctor of Optometry degree with an additional degree that will allow them to better understand the ever advancing field of eye care and equip them to follow a variety of career paths. The UAB School of Optometry has partnered with other UAB schools to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum in three programs. 

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Faculty

The expertise of our faculty reflects the full scope of optometric and vision science. While faculty members are primarily clinical optometrists, vision scientists and ophthalmologists also provide direct supervision and training of optometry students and postdoctoral residents. Students learn under the tutelage of faculty in a number of clinics affiliated with the UAB School of Optometry, and faculty are widely published in the scientific and clinical literature.

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Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now open through May 31st.

The UAB School of Optometry offers scholarships and awards that provide financial support for our outstanding Optometry students. Currently the School has 56 endowed optometry scholarships which were generously given by alumni and friends of the School of Optometry. Most scholarships and awards range in value between $500 and $1500, though there are exceptions that have higher award amounts.

Be assured that the Scholarship Committee will show understanding and flexibility when evaluating your academic record for scholarship consideration during the semesters affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Pass/Fail grading scale used for courses will be accepted if an applicant has chosen to utilize it. Ultimately the Scholarship Committee remains committed to ensuring the best and brightest students receive the support they deserve using a holistic assessment process.

All scholarship applications must be submitted through the UAB BSMART System. The scholarship application deadline is May 31st of each year. Awards will be posted to student accounts at the beginning of the fall semester.

Below are the scholarship qualifications:

  • Applicants must be admitted and have paid their deposit or be enrolled in the UAB School of Optometry.
  • All scholarships require at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework; incoming students MUST use the undergraduate GPA they submitted with their application.
  • Applicants are required to submit a resume showcasing their extracurricular activities, their job and/or volunteer experience, and their leadership involvement.
  • Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay explaining why they are deserving of a scholarship award. Please use this space to list any relevant stories, special experiences, extenuating circumstances, or challenges.

In addition to applying for these scholarships, all applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid through the UAB Financial Aid Office in order to be considered for financing assistance, federal loans, and need-based scholarships.

For additional information about the scholarship process, please contact:

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The School of Optometry is grateful for the generous support of our alumni and friends for providing the following Scholarships:

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  • Drs. John and Catherine Amos Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    The Arol Augsburger, O.D. Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Jimmy Bartlett Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    The Birmingham Area Optometric Society Endowed Optometry Fund

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the Greater Birmingham Area.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Richard B. Booth Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the state of Tennessee.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Helen and David Bunkin Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Douglas & Connie Clark Endowed Optometry Leadership Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership within the UAB School of Optometry and on a regional or national level.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Elbert A. (Bert) Coshatt/ Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Scholarship is awarded based on financial need.
    • All professional program students eligible
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline

    The Bob and Hulene Crosby Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Ernest DeBakey Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference given to all South Alabama Students enrolled in the professional program.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    The Lee Dickerson Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a proficiency in the GP contact lens section and clinic
    • Scholarship is awarded in the fall. Selection is made by the UAB School of Optometry Faculty Committee.

    Energen/Alagasco Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Provides award to the extent permitted by law.
    • Preference will be given to applicants from under-represented, low-income and minority populations whose enrollment and academic performance would enhance the diversity of the student population of the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Jess Boyd Eskridge/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    The Faculty of Optometry and Vision Sciences Student Optometry Scholarship Quasi Endowment

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.
    • Selection is made by Director of Vision Sciences or Committee for the Department of Optometry.

    Martin D. & Rita Gaffney Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to person with a military background (self or family member) and who is born in Florida.
    • Scholarship is awarded based on financial need.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Hoya Vision Care Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Drs. James and Robin Marbourg Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Charles McCallum/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    New Orleans Contact Lens Society Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award given to students in the professional program.
    • Preference will be given to residents of Louisiana.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Drs. Rod & Debi Nowakowski Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must currently be enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry
    • Applicants must maintain a 2.9 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to students who excel in low vision and who display consistent leadership qualities as well as hold office in one or more student organization(s).
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. E. C. Overton/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Open to all students (Applicants must currently be enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry)
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Henry B. Peters Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be enrolled in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    The Schaeffer Eye Center Endowed Award Fund

    • Applicants must currently be enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated interest in scholarly activity related to contact lenses, cornea and anterior segment, diabetes, glaucoma or vision science related to the development of innovative scholarship.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    The Smith-Hammonds Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must currently be enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in low vision optometry or to students with financial need.
    • Preference will also be given to students from Virginia, South Carolina or Alabama.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Southern Council of Optometrists, Inc. Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must currently be enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA demonstrating solid academic achievement.
    • Preference will be given to students from the southeastern U.S. states.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Aharon Sternberg Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award open to all students
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline

    Edgar M. Warr, O.D./Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be enrolled in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Bradford W. Wild Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award open to all students
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Dr. Paul S. Worrell Endowed Optometry Vision Science Scholarship

    • Award open to all students
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    Sylvia D. Worrell Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be enrolled in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA demonstrating solid academic achievement.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.
  • Eydie C. Jones Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be first-year students of good academic standing in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Award is given based on financial need.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.

    John A. Williamson Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must be first-year students of good academic standing in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Award is given based on financial need.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.
  • The Abel Family Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Preference will be given to the highest GPA in CEVS coursework after completing all sections.
    • Scholarship awarded annually in August.

    The Abraham Azman Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award given to a third-year student in the professional program in the area of contact lenses at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Applicant is required to write a paper.
    • Scholarship is awarded annually in the fall term of student’s fourth year.

    Sara Fran Hanan Endowed Low Vision Award

    • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Preference is given to students who excel in Low Vision Class.
    • Recipient is selected by instructor of third-year class in the fall semester.
    • Scholarship is awarded annually in the spring of the student’s third year.

    Dr. Kristine B. Hopkins Vision Therapy Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicants must currently be enrolled in or admitted to the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated outstanding didactic and/or clinical abilities in vision therapy.
    • Recipient is selected by director of the Pediatric Optometry Service in consultation with the pediatric service faculty.
    • Scholarship is awarded annually to a beginning third-year student.

    Frederic and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award given to outstanding third- or fourth-year students in the professional program in the area of primary care at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • One to three scholarships given annually in the amount of $1,000.
    • Applications should be submitted annually by July 16 and will be awarded by August 15.

    Whitewater Creek CE Seminars Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award given to third-year students in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Preference will be given to students who plan to practice in rural Alabama.
    • Preference will be given to students who have grown up experiencing optometry either through personal or family experiences.
    • Applications for consideration should be submitted to the UAB School of Optometry Office of Development by the announced deadline.
  • Clark F. Amos Endowed Optometry Presidential Scholarship

    • Award given to fourth-year professional program student at the UAB School of Optometry who is pursuing an optometric residency.
    • Applications should be submitted annually by April 15 and scholarships will be awarded by May 15.

    Dr. Lester Caplan/CIBA Vision Corporation Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award given to fourth-year professional program students at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Preference given to students with interest in cornea/contact lenses or who have demonstrated clinical excellence in cornea/contact lenses.
    • Student must be in top 20 percent of class.
    • One to three scholarships awarded annually.
    • Scholarships are given in the fall. Recipients are selected by the UAB School of Optometry Faculty Committee.

    Frederic and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Award given to outstanding third- or fourth-year students in the professional program in the area of primary care at the UAB School of Optometry.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • One to three scholarships awarded annually in the amount of $1,000.
    • Applications should be submitted annually by July 16 and will be awarded by August 15.

    VSP Scholarship & VSP- Henry B. Peters Optometry Scholarship

    • Awards given to students enrolled in the professional program at the UAB School of Optometry at the beginning of the fourth year.
    • GPA of recipient must be in the top half of class.
    • One student selected for each scholarship.

    Vision Care Institute Endowed Optometry Scholarship

    • Applicant must be a fourth-year student who has been accepted into a Contact Lens Residency.
    • Selection is made by Director of Contact Lens in consultation with contact lens faculty.

Tuition & Fees

For a complete list of current tuition costs and fees, visit the UAB tuition and fees website.

  • View general tuition costs for Optometry under the Graduate tab.
  • A summary of annual UAB tuition for a full-time Optometry student is available under the Summary tab. View the amount for resident and non-resident Optometry students under the Graduate Programs section.
  • View all fees located in the Optometry section under the Institutional Fees tab.

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