Future Students & Residents | Academic Programs

Clinical Residencies

Residency programs are available at the University of Houston College of Optometry and at external sites. These programs are designed to provide optometrists with advanced clinical training and knowledge. While the program focus is on direct patient care, scholarly and didactic activities also contribute to the development of the advanced clinical competencies.

Residency programs are located in Houston, Dallas and Ft Worth, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Denver, CO, and Albuquerque, NM.

Principal Contact:

  • Karen Fern, O.D., Director of Residency Programs
  • Email: KFern@central.uh.edu
  • Phone: 713.743.1941


The residency programs are available to graduates of schools and colleges of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).

Application Process:

All residency programs participate in the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch) http://www.natmatch.com/ormatch. All residency candidates must complete the ORMatch application and forward the application materials to the residency program coordinator no later than February 1. Candidates for the MS/Residency must also complete the graduate program application and forward residency application materials. Application materials include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest
  • Official Optometry School Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Un-Official NBEO Transcripts (In addition to official transcript provided by ORMatch)