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A path to gain entry to optometry school.

General Entrance Requirements for Optometry Programs
Bachelor’s Degree 
Prerequisite Courses (vary per institution)
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
Observation Hours (vary per institution)
Extracurricular Activities/Volunteering
Examples of Leadership
Strong Letters of Recommendation
Personal Statement

MSU Pre-Optometry Advising 
One on One, individualized meetings. 
Navigating prerequisites for application into the professional schools of your choice.
Discussing plans for observation, campus involvement, letters of recommendation, and other competitive factors.
Set up periodic appointments once or twice a year to plan out a timeline for completion of prerequisites, observation, OAT prep, and professional school applications. 
Guidance with professional school resumes and personal statements.


For assistance in planning a pre-optometry path at MSU, contact Claire Palmer 

Additional Resources

Find more information about a career in optometry, check out ASCO's career guide

Mississippi does not have an optometry program. The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN and the University of Houston optometry schools both waive out-of-state tuition for applying Mississippi residents.

To check out a national directory of accredited optometry programs and their requirements, please visit here.