An optometrist will attend about 8 years of school after high school!
We do not have a School of Optometry in the state of Mississippi, but there are great schools in Memphis, TN and Birmingham, AL.
Visit this site to learn about optometry: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/11/Optometrist
To enter optometry school, you will need:
- BA or BS in any major that you choose,
- Specific courses required by optometry schools, such as Southern College of Optometry and UAB School of Optometry,
- Experience in an optometry setting, such as shadowing an optometrist,
- A competitive OAT score,
- Letters of evaluation that address personal qualities and characteristics of the applicant, and
- Evidence of leadership and community involvement.
It’s never too early to start thinking about preparation for optometry school.