- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A central Arkansas college says it will study whether it’s feasible to establish an optometry school, which would be the first in the state.

University of Central Arkansas officials say a health-care consulting group has been hired to outline the pros and cons of developing the school on its Conway campus.

The study, which will examine current and projected needs of optometrists in Arkansas, is set to start in March and finish by May. It will include a detailed financial report of how much it would cost to build and start up the school of optometry, the health-care profession of primary eye care.

School officials say they’re paying Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based consulting firm Tripp Umbach $30,000 for the study.

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