How to Apply

Effective immediately, the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program does not plan to admit new students. 

The deadline for submitting completed applications is May 1.  Applications should be received by May 1 to be assured of consideration for admission.  In the event the class is not filled from those applicants, the application deadline may be extended to as late as June 1.  Send all requested materials to the CHP Office of Admissions.  Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application.  On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    -Academic Career: Undergraduate
    -Campus: Main UAMS Campus
    -Term: Fall
    -Academic Program: College of Health Prof UGRD
    -Admit Type: Applicant
    -Academic Plan: Ophthalmic Med Technology BS
    -Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  2. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work. A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.25 is required in the prerequisite courses to apply for admission.
    NOTE:  Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript. 
  3. Professional Observation Form: A professional observation form signed by an eye doctor or ophthalmic medical technician that documents at least 2 observation hours in an eye clinic must be submitted before the deadline. Contact the department at (501) 526-5880 or at to schedule a professional observation or to obtain the professional observation form.
  4. Interview: Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange an interview after receipt of application and all official transcripts.
  5. TOEFL scores as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the catalog.

*Admission Requirements for Foreign, Non-permanent Resident Alien, and Non-native English Speakers:  All applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must meet additional admission requirements.  Please consult the Admission/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

Arkansas residency will be considered during selection for admission.

The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was recently accepted to the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Education Board.  Out-of-state students are subject to the out-of-state tuition rate; however, students in the following states may qualify for in-state tuition rates: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Prospective students from these states may visit the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Education Board at for more details on how to apply to attend the UAMS Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program.

Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance, and other personnel or educationally-related actions.

All documents should be submitted to: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Health Professions, Office of Student Affairs, UAMS, #619, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Telephone: (501) 686-5730.

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.