About MBKU

Located in Fullerton, CA, Marshall B. Ketchum University is an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution. MBKU is home to the Southern California College of Optometry, the School of PA Studies and College of Pharmacy. The Southern California College of Optometry confers a Doctor of Optometry and a Master of Science in Vision Science degree. The School of PA Studies awards a Master of Medical Sciences degree. The College of Pharmacy welcomed its first class in the fall of 2016 and will award a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers: the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Anaheim and the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Los Angeles.

Our Vision

We seek to reimagine the future of health care education.     

Our Mission

The mission of Marshall B. Ketchum University is to educate caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

Our Core Values

Marshall B. Ketchum University is guided by the values of:

Accountability - We are committed to honesty, fairness and responsibility for our words and actions. 
Caring - We strive to address the needs of our university community and others by nurturing a spirit of compassion.
Excellence - Consistent with our legacy, we are committed to achieving outcomes of the highest quality.  
Innovation - We have the courage to dream and experiment with creative and unique ideas.
Respect - We value the unique talents and diversity of people, strive to work collaboratively, and honor the open exchange of ideas.

Our Colleges & Schools

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 ● Southern California College of Optometry
    Est. 1904

 ● School of Physician Assistant Studies
    Est. 2012

 ● College of Pharmacy
    Est. 2014

Our History

The Los Angeles School of Ophthalmology and Optometry

Our Founding

In 1904, Marshall Bidwell Ketchum, MD, founded what has grown to become Ketchum University, an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution located in Fullerton, CA. Today, we are proud to recognize Dr. Ketchum’s many contributions to the early development of optometric education as the namesake of Marshall B. Ketchum University (est. 2013).

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Becoming a University

In order to meet the expectations being set by collaborative practice models for our students and future health care providers, President Kevin Alexander, OD, PhD, moved forward with deliberate plans to transition the Southern California College of Optometry from a single-discipline, independent college into a leader among small health care educational institutions. 

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MBKU Today

Today, the Southern California College of Optometry, The School of PA Studies (College of Health Sciences) and College of Pharmacy are partners in a challenging new approach to health care education, designed for and with the nation’s future primary care providers in mind. The future is expecting us.