Cultivating Applicants for the Rising Need of Eye-Care


Over the course of a three-day summer program, Eye-CARE camp aims to prepare prospective applicants for the rigors of the optometry school application process and health professions programs more broadly. Eye-CARE will simultaneously expose participants to the dynamic future of the profession.

We are proud to announce that eligible participants will be sponsored to complete a FREE Kaplan “Live Online and OnDemand” OAT prep course proceeding the 3-day camp! See below for eligibility. We appreciate support from VSP and Kaplan, Inc.

Camp activities include:

  • Leadership, professional development, and clinical background workshops
  • Team-building and community-building exercises
  • Presentations by renowned optometrists
  • Networking opportunities with current SUNY Optometry students
  • An inside look into the pandemic’s impact on eye care
  • Exposure to new technologies, niches, and communities in optometry
  • Application process preparation and counseling

Kaplan Live Online and OnDemand Courses include:

  • Interactive LIVE workshops, that include augmented reality and 3D animations
  • Drop-in style classes to fit a busy schedule, no prerequisites required to attend, or mandated order
  • Question packs from the large available bank of questions to drive performance, and mastery early
  • Full-length exams to ensure the closest matching of test performance to real test assessments
  • Revamped course videos with keynotes, mnemonics, engaging storylines and enthusiastic experts

Eligibility for Camp Participation

All are welcome. If you are seeking general camp participation only (without test-prep fee waiver consideration), then you may sign up for the program once the registration form becomes available below in early April. Further details will be sent to registrants closer to the date.


Travel Stipend Consideration:

We understand that the Hybrid Eye-CARE Summer Camp 2022 may pose barriers for attendees who wish to join the event in person at the College. Participants who have demonstrated academic promise and who will benefit from a travel stipend may express interest toward a $400 travel stipend for summer camp travel to the state of New York in late June 2022. Interest may be expressed through the registration form below by completing a short statement and submitting a primary college undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable). Although travel stipends are limited and highly competitive, we encourage all eligible individuals to express consideration. If you are not awarded a travel stipend, then you are still eligible to attend the summer camp either in person or virtually.

Eligibility for Camp Participation and Kaplan Test-Prep Fee Waiver Sponsorship

If you are seeking both general camp participation and test-prep fee waiver sponsorship, then you must submit an application, identify as an underrepresented racially minoritized (URM) individual or identify as a low-income individual (based on federal guidelines), and be actively pursuing an optometric degree.

Open to nation-wide candidates. Although not required, consideration will be given to those who have an interest in serving the NY region and state. Preference will be given to prospective optometry applicants who plan to take the OAT toward the upcoming application cycle occurring between July 1, 2022 – March 1, 2023.

Although test-prep fee waiver sponsorship is limited and competitive, we encourage all eligible individuals to apply. If you are not awarded a sponsorship, then you are still eligible to attend the summer camp and we look forward to virtual engagement with you.

Important Note: Before you submit your application, please be sure to confirm your availability for the “Live Online” Kaplan Course by reviewing the pre-scheduled dates and time found under “program information” below.

Program Information

Summer Camp Dates and Times: Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  • Monday, June 27th, 2022  from 2:00 PM – 6:15 PM EST / 11:00 AM – 3:15 PM PST
    • Day 1 – The Dynamic Future of Optometry: Understanding the Future of Vision Care and Your Potential Role In It
  • Tuesday,  June 28th, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST / 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
    • Day 2 – The Long Haul: Building Personal Capital for Serving Patients and Leading Others
  • Wednesday,  June 29th, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST / 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST
    • Day 3 – The Training Program: Crafting a Competitive Application for Graduate and Professional Schools
  • Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    • Eye-CARE Camp Think Tank Presentations

Camp Format: The format for the 3-day camp will be hybrid, either in person or virtual (although participants are strongly encouraged to pick one format for the entirety of the camp). Think Tank presentations will occur in a virtual format.

Test-Prep Course Dates/Times: Kaplan Live-online access is expected to launch July 1, 2022 for enrolled students and tentatively expected to close on November 15, 2022. Students will have access to online or on demand classes to fit any schedule.

Test-Prep Format: The format will be entirely virtual. More info can be viewed here.

Costs: There is no cost/fee to participate in our Eye-Care Summer Camp or to participate in the Kaplan Test-Prep Courses (if accepted). We appreciate support from VSP Global and Kaplan, Inc.