Application Materials and Procedures

  1. Register and Apply on ORMatch
  2. Send in the following supplemental documentation (all applications must be received by 5:00p.m. January 31):
    • Statement of interest/cover letter discussing
      1. Why you are interested in pursuing a residency
      2. What you hope to gain from a residency
      3. What your plans are after you complete a residency
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
      1. Education (institution, dates, major, degree or pending degree, and grade point average)
      2. List of Honors, Awards
      3. Professional Memberships
      4. Research Projects and Publication
      5. Special Presentations, Seminars and Teaching Experience
      6. Employment
      7. Community Service
      8. Other Professional Experiences
    • Three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from individuals who can assess your clinical performance, scholastic abilities and/or teaching and research potential. Letters should be submitted through ORMatch.
    • A copy of your optometry school transcripts (an final official copy sent directly from the school will be required if accepted into the program, a doctor of optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry is required by July 1 of the residency year.)
    • An unofficial copy of your current NBEO scores. ORMatch will send an official copy later on your behalf. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of NBEO examinations is required to enter all NSUOCO affiliated residencies.

    Please note that applicants applying to Veterans Affairs programs must be citizens of the United States and males must have registered with the Selective Service.
  3. All application information that can not be submitted through ORMatch should be sent to the Director of Residencies ( via email or mail to:

    Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
    ATTN: Director of Residencies
    1001 North Grand Avenue
    Tahlequah, OK 74464-7017

    As application materials are received by the school, they will be forwarded to the site the applicant is applying to.

  4. Arrange an interview. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange an interview at the residency site to which they are applying. This allows the applicant to become more familiar with the residency site and the residency supervisor to become familiar with the applicant. NSUOCO interviews for Primary Care, Cornea and Contact Lens, and Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Low Vision Rehabilitation residencies will be done on the following dates only: Monday, January 17, 2022 and Saturday, February 26, 2022.

If you have any questions about the application process contact the Director of Residencies (

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