Congratulations on making it through optometry school and welcome to our Student to New Optometrist guide! Since the founding of CovalentCareers seven years ago, we’ve published nearly 1,000 resources, interviewed a truly ridiculous number of awesome, innovative young ODs, and gotten to know so many of you personally.
This guide was originally published back in 2015 but we’ve gone through it and updated every single thing that’s changed since then (there was a lot!). We also added some great new content our writers have contributed, which you’ll also find linked here. This is the same guide that five generations of new grad optometrists have used, with a lot of updates to credentialing, licensing, and all sorts of new research and products that will help you be the best new grad OD you can be.
Good luck on your career journey!
Dr. Matt Geller, OD
CEO & Co-founder, CovalentCareers
Table of Contents
Licensing and Scope of Practice
A Complete Guide On How To Get Your Optometry License In All 50 States
The Job Search
Our job platform is designed with new optometrists in mind. Find your first—or next—job here, and don't hesitate to email us if you're looking for one-on-one support in finding a position.
The CovalentCareers Optometry Career Workshop: A Five-Part Video Series
The New Graduate Optometrist Guide to Job Searching
The Business Plan I Made to Land My First Optometry Job
The Future of the Job Market for New Optometrists
Optometrist Resumes: Do’s and Don’ts
The Resume Writing Guide for Optometrists (Template Included)
Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for an Optometry Job Interview
Negotiating a Contract
Comparing Compensation Structures in a New Grad's Contract
Here's What You Need To Know About Negotiating A Better Contract
Credentialing: Step by Step
This is an absolute must before practicing! Employers will need this information to get you started seeing patients. You should get a head start on this as soon as you can. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting credentialed. We recommend completing this process in the following order after you have obtained your license.
How To Apply For An NPI Number for Optometry
Credentialing with major medical panels
In order to see patients under medical insurance plans, you must be credentialed on that plan. Here are some of the major medical insurance companies. This is not an all-inclusive list, as medical insurers often vary state by state.
41 Step Guide to Become a Medicare Provider w/ Screenshots - Optometry
How to Become a Humana Medical Plan Provider
Credentialing with major vision panels
In order to see patients under vision insurance plans, you must be credentialed on that plan. Here are some of the major vision insurance companies. This is not an all-inclusive list, as insurers can vary by state.