May 13th - June 28th, 2013
Contact: Lanny Shulman, OD, PhD, TEXOCOP Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org
About Our Program
The Texas Optometry Career Opportunities Program (TEXOCOP) at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) is designed to increase the numbers of academically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented college students (US citizens and permanent residents) interested in entering the profession of optometry. The program will accomplish this goal by identifying their academic experiences to enhance their competitiveness for entry into optometry school, and supporting their progression through the professional optometry curriculum.
TEXOCOP is designed to replicate the arduous demands that the professional program places on our students and runs for a six week period each summer. Validity of the program will be evaluated by student success on examinations provided by optometric faculty that teach first year optometry courses at UHCO and comparison to current professional optometry students’ test results. Promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be recruited each year for application into the program. The program is designed to enrich students experience with practical and clinical opportunities. TEXOCOP participants are introduced to courses in Ocular Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Physiology and Molecular Biology, Optics, Vision Science, Ophthalmic Optics and Grand Rounds in addition to oral and written communication skills. Non-curricular activities are also scheduled and include a Vision Screening at an area community center to give participants the opportunity to apply their newly learned skills in patient care and management. Students will also be provided with tutoring, advanced skills training, and counseling to ensure academic success with the optometry curriculum and financial aid information is available explaining a wide variety of opportunities to finance their undergraduate and professional education.
Interested students who apply to and are accepted into TEXOCOP will spend a rigorous six-week summer term engaged in intensive course work and training environment designed to simulate the first year curriculum of a professional optometric program. Participants will be provided follow-up counseling and guidance throughout their academic year. Once TEXOCOP students gain entry to the professional optometry program, they receive tutoring, advanced skills training, mentoring and curriculum.
How to Apply
College students who apply for the TEXOCOP summer program complete an application form and furnish demographic information, academic history (including transcripts), and whether or not one or more parent is a college graduate and a brief essay. All applicants must have completed 75% of the course work required for entry into UHCO’s optometry program and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Admission decisions are based upon each applicant meeting several criteria to include the minimum overall GPA, number of completed college courses required for entry into the optometry professional program, whether or not they have completed courses appropriate for the OAT (physics, chemistry, biology, math), and level of motivation for a career in optometry. The required essay submitted with the application is reviewed and rated. Applications for TEXOCOP are reviewed by the three member admission committee: academic coordinator, program administrator, and a faculty member from the UHCO Professional Program Admission Committee.
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