Students Services

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Office offers educational and clinical courses and workshops for optometrists and other health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge and skills. It also publishes a newsletter called Spectrum. The newsletter is distributed free of charge to all optometrists and interested professionals. Its include information about the School’s events, and articles of interest related to the profession. The Director of Continuing Education is also a liaison between the faculty and administration of the School and the Alumni Association.

Primary Eye Care Residency - IAUPR


The program expects to provide post-graduate training so that the resident can develop proficiency in areas of primary care optometry, gain experience with multidisciplinary settings, and obtain training in pre- and post -ophthalmic operative care. The program also will provide the resident with experience in teaching and scholarly activities, so that he or she may further pursue a career in education and research.

Program Goals

  • Provide post-graduate training, which develops the proficiency necessary to become a full scope primary care practitioner
  • Develop quality clinical educators and clinical researcher

Program Description

  • One year residency program (August 18 through August 17)
  • Yearly stipend of $25,000 with benefits
  • No tuition or fees
  • Position: One
  • Health Insurance benefits from IAUPR
  • Professional Liability Protection from IAUPR
  • Workload: 80% (32 hours per week)Clinical, 20% (8 hours per week) Didactical
    • Saturday Clinic approximately twice per month (weekdays exchange for those Saturdays)
  • Accreditation status: Accredited by ACOE
  • Bilingual School’s Setting with Spanish’s speaking patients

Residency Experience

  • Scholarly Activities
  • Lecturing
  • Weekly optometric seminars
  • Worksites:
    • IAUPR’s Clinic Sites (Own Transportation strongly recommended)
    • External Rotations
  • Library and research resources
  • Administration time
  • Specialty areas rotation
    • Contact lenses, VT, Low Vision, Electro-diagnostics, Prosthesis, Learning Disabilities
  • Certificate requirements includes:
    • Optometry License in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Puerto Rico Optometry license obtained by January of residency year.
    • Completion of Part I, II, III and TMOD of National Boards Examination in Optometry (NBEO)
    • Successful Clinical & Didactic evaluations
    • Publishable quality paper

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant must have successfully completed part I, II and TMOD of National Boards of Examiners in Optometry as a requisite for admission to the residency program.
  2. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  3. Recommendation letters: Three (3) are requested. One should be from clinical director from graduating institution or chief academic officer. Two others from full time faculty members who have been involved with the applicant’s education.
  4. A brief essay stating reasons for applying to a program which is addressed to the primary eye care is requested.
  5. Applicant should submit Curriculum Vitae and be available for interview.
  6. Knowledge of basic conversational Spanish language is required to communicate with majority of patient population although English language is the official written language.
  7. Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of Optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.
  8. IAUPR affirms that all candidates are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, origin or disabilities.

Application Process

  1. Candidates must complete application through the ORMatch. Deadline: February 1. More INFO, refer to the ORMatch Webpage.
  2. All serious applicants are encouraged to arrange a site visit.

For application information:

Inter American University of Puerto Rico
School of Optometry
ATT: Dr. Juan L. Galarza
Director of Residency Program
500 John Will Harris
Bayamón, PR 00957

Tel. 787-765-1915 ext. 2558

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Professional Counselor

What is counseling?
Is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. (ACA Governing Council 2010)

Purpose of counseling

Empower the client to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience personal growth, and make well-informed, rational decisions.”

(U.S. Dept. of Human Services, Mental Health, United States, 2002)

Counseling services

  • Individual Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Tutoring Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Academic Adjustments (ADA Law)
    • Set an individual appointment for orientation

Individual Counseling

Student life is a transitional period and can bring pressure and stress. We try to help students understand this period, find ways of coping with crises, and grow from their experiences.

You can contact your counselor if you need help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Communication Problems

Academic Counseling

  • Enhance student engagement in the learning process.
  • Orientation for Tutor Service

Tutoring Program

  • Peer to peer tutoring
  • Group tutoring
  • Contact Counselor if you have difficulties with any course by the first two weeks of classes.
  • Tutors are referred from the Instructor.
  • Student and Tutor will set the time for the tutoring session.
  • At the end of the service the participant have to complete a Survey. (This will helps us to improve the program)

What is wellness?

  • Is defined as an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
  • Wellness is a process rather than a goal.
  • It implies a choice, a way of life.
  • It is positive and embraces people’s strengths. It promotes feelings of self-worth.
  • It is holistic and encompasses the body, mind, and spirit.

Wellness program

  • This program promotes health and prevents illness by creating awareness of health issues and encouraging healthy practices.
  • We provide services by health professionals and certified Instructors that improve our quality of life in a professional and relaxing environment:
    • YOGA
    • ZUMBA

Our Location

Contact Information

 © Inter American University of PR, School of Optometry
500 John Will Harris
Bayamón, PR 00957

Admissions: (787) 765-1915 ext 2567 | (787) 925-7577
Admissions Fax: (787) 756-7351
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