Excellence Since 1904
Our Founder: Marshall B. Ketchum, MD
Marshall Bidwell Ketchum, MD
Timeline of the Life of Our Founder
A Historical Perspective
1800 - 1900
1852 - The American Pharmaceutical Association is founded.
1898 - The American Optometric Association is founded.
1900 - 1920
1903 - California’s governor signs the first law in the state of California recognizing and regulating the practice of optometry.
1904 - Marshall B. Ketchum, MD, opens the Los Angeles School of Ophthalmology and Optometry in the Lankershim Building.
1909 - The school is renamed the Los Angeles College of Optometry and Ophthalmology.
1911 - The school is renamed the Los Angeles Medical School of Ophthalmology and Optometry.
1920 - 1940
1922 - The school is renamed the Los Angeles School of Optometry and moves to the Wright & Callender Building.
1922 - The Los Angeles School of Optometry Alumni Association is first organized.
1922 - The "Reflex," a student newspaper, is first published and becomes the school's yearbook.
1925 - The school is the first to be given an accreditation rating of "A" from the International Association of Boards of Optometry.
1930 - The school becomes part of USC’s Department of Physics and Optics. A degree of Bachelor of Science in Optics is awarded upon completion of the four-year course, but is discontinued after three years. The school moves to a house on University Ave., paid for by Carrie Hooker Reidell, the school’s secretary.
1938 - The Los Angeles School of Optometry becomes a non-profit corporation and a board of trustees is formed.
1940 - 1960
1942 - Eugene Stead Jr., MD, develops a fast track, three-year medical curriculum that is later used to educate PAs.
1948 - The Los Angeles School of Optometry moves to 950 West Jefferson Blvd. with a name change the following year to the Los Angeles College of Optometry.
1955 - The first Doctor of Pharmacy degree is awarded.
1960 - 1980
1962 - The first residency accreditation standards are approved by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
1965 - The nation’s first “physician assistant” educational program is inaugurated at Duke University. The program accepts four former Navy medical corpsmen.
1968 - The American Association of Physician Assistants is established.
1972 - The Los Angeles College of Optometry is renamed the Southern California College of Optometry and moves its campus to Fullerton the following year.
1975 - The first certificates are issued to those who had passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), designating the successful candidates as a “Physician Assistant – Certified” (PA-C).
1977 - SCCO’s first residency program is established in children’s vision on campus.
1980 - 2012
1986 - The Optometric Oath, authored by SCCO President Richard Hopping, OD, is adopted by the American Optometric Association.
1987 - October 6 is established as National PA Day.
1994 - California SB 1642 is signed into law authorizing PAs to issue written prescription drug orders.
1996 - California SB 668 provides optometrists the prescribing authority for therapeutic pharmaceuticals.
2003 - The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act is enacted, requiring medication therapy management services as an outpatient drug benefit.
2009 - All U.S. states allow pharmacists to administer immunizations.
2009 - The SCCO Board of Trustees approves a Master of Science in Vision Science degree program.
2012 - The SCCO Board of Trustees establishes the School of Physician Assistant Studies, the first PA school in Orange County.
2012 - Present
2013 - California enacts SB 493, which allows pharmacists to be recognized as providers and deliver basic care services.
2013 - The SCCO Board of Trustees establishes Marshall B. Ketchum University.
2013 - The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant grants "Accreditation - Provisional" status to the School of Physician Assistant Studies sponsored by Marshall B. Ketchum University.
2014 - Marshall B. Ketchum University establishes the College of Pharmacy.
2014 - The first class of PA students begins a 27-month master's degree program.
2015 - Marshall B. Ketchum University acquires a property in Anaheim to create an interprofessional health care education facility, Ketchum Health.
2016 - On May 31, 2016, Ketchum Health Anaheim opens.
2016 - On November 11, 2016, the inaugural commencement ceremony was held for the School of PA Studies. Twenty-seven students received a master's degree as well as a PA certificate.
2016 - The first class of pharmacy students begins the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.
Marshall B. Ketchum: Timeline of the Life of Our Founder
1856 - Born on October 11 in Brighton, Ontario, Canada.
1880 - Studied pharmacy and graduated in Toronto, Canada.
1882 - Graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1887 - Obtained a license to practice medicine in California.
1896 - Moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to join the faculty at the Lincoln Medical College.
1896 - Began as Chief Instructor of the Lincoln Optical College.
1904 - Moved to Los Angeles and opened the Los Angeles School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, becoming the proprietor and sole instructor.
1911 - Became president of the newly incorporated Los Angeles Medical School of Ophthalmology and Optometry.
1914 - Entered into a partnership with Dr. William M. Ketchum (his nephew) for the operation of the now Los Angeles Medical School of Ophthalmology and Optometry.
1916 - Transferred ownership of the school to Dr. William M. Ketchum.
1920 - Stepped down as president of the school.
1920 - Published "Ketchum's Lessons on the Eye," his only textbook.
1928 - Ended his teaching position at the school.
1937 - Passed away on April 17 at the age of 81.