Summer Pre-Optometry Program

Arizona College of Optometry

2020 Flier

Program Description

Arizona College of Optometry's Pre-Optometry program (AZ-POP) is a three-day program designed for undergraduate students interested in the health sciences to learn more about pursuing a career in optometry.  Through interactive activities, students will gain insight into the optometric profession, including the application process, life as an optometry student, and the diverse career options that optometry has to offer. 


  • Interest in optometry as a possible career
  • Undergraduate college student or recent college graduate (minimum age of 18 years)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Application Process

Candidates must submit a completed application form. Electronic submission is preferred; applications sent by mail must have a postmark date of April 15, 2020.  Please contact us by phone or email to ensure receipt of the application.  In addition to the application, please include the following required materials: 

  • A full set of college transcripts
  • Maximum 500-word statement that introduces yourself and answers the following question.  "Why would you like to attend AZ-POP?"
  • A resume or CV with a list of extracurricular activities and honors, including community service, leadership responsibilities, healthcare volunteer hours, and work experience. 

Email to: 
Nicole Putnam, PhD, 

Mail to : 
Midwestern University
Arizona College of Optometry
Pre-Optometry Program+
Attn:  Dr. Nicole Putnam
19555 N. 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308

Applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance no later than May 15, 2020.

Program Activities

  • Extensive tours of the classrooms, laboratories, and clinic
  • Use of state of the art technology including virtual reality eye exam simulators
  • Panel discussions with current students and faculty
  • Tips and strategies for enhancing your application to optometry school
  • Participation in clinical activities at the Eye Institute
  • Interactive experiences in optometric labs

Interested?  Please click here for the AZPOP 2020 Application.

For additional questions regarding the AZCOPT Pre-Optometry Program, please contact Dr. Nicole Putnam, .

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