Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi


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:

To enter optometry school, you will need:

  • BA or BS in any major that you choose,
  • 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.