Graduation Requirements

1. Pass all courses comprising the curriculum for the degree of Doctor of Optometry, as specified in the Catalog for the year in which the student entered the School, with an overall grade point of 2.00 or better.

2. Submit to the faculty advisor a publishable research manuscript which needs to be approved by the Director of Thesis Department and Dean for Academic Affairs.

3. Students must complete at least two years in residence at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry all rotation must be completed.

4. Receive all passing grades in fourth year, completed externship and in-house rotations and submit complete patient encounter logs before graduation date.

5. Receive the recommendation of the faculty of the School after motion to that effect is passed by the faculty.

6. Signed clearance form and graduation documents. Need to complete the clearance and get all the signatures from the following:

  • Mr. Eduardo Salichs, Bursar’s Office
  • Ms. Wilma Marrero, Director Center for Access to Information
  • Ms. Sirimarie Martinez, Financial Aid Office
  • Dr. John Mordi, Director for Thesis Department
  • Dr. Damaris Pagán, Clinic Director
  • Mr. Elias Santiago, Director of Informatics
  • Ms. Luz M. Ocasio, Registrar Office

If awarded financial aid in any academic period an exit interview is required by the Financial Aid Office. You will find all information at , linking Financial Aid process.

7. Pay the graduation fee before the deadline applicable to the graduation date. All students are required to pay the graduation fee, even if you do not attend the graduation ceremony.

8. Pass National Board Part I. Submit print out evidence to Registrar Office. 

Important: all candidates have 90 days after graduation day to complete all requirements in order to receive the Degree and Diploma. If by the end of the 90 days any requirements are still pending or not complete the candidate will graduate and the degree will be certified with the next graduating class.

Note: Graduation requirements as well as academic curricula and programs may change while students are registered at the University. Normally, these changes will not be applied retroactively, but students have the option of completing the new requirements. Nonetheless, when professional certifying or licensing agencies make requirement changes for the corresponding certification or license, the necessary changes to the curricula or programs will be applicable immediately. Students will be solely responsible for deciding if they wish to take the new courses.

If you have any questions please call Mrs. Luz M. Ocasio at (787) 765-1915 extension 1023.

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