About Us

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. 


Marshall B. Ketchum University: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Southern California College of Optometry: Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association.

School of Physician Assistant Studies:  The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the School of Physician Assistant Studies sponsored by Marshall B. Ketchum University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

College of Pharmacy: The Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy program has completed its on-site evaluation for consideration of Precandidate status per the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. Authorization of an onsite evaluation for consideration of Precandidate status does not carry with it nor imply an accreditation status. The on-site evaluation is authorized solely for purposes of gathering additional information in furtherance of an accreditation decision. The Board will consider Precandidate status at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which occurs June 2016. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60503, 312- 644-3575; FAX 312-664-4652; website.

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 Physician Assistant Studies and College of Pharmacy. Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to the university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals. The university’s Southern California College of Optometry confers a Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS) degree. MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree. MBKU’s College of Pharmacy will welcome its first class in the fall of 2016 and will award a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers: the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health and the University Eye Center at Los Angeles.

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