Admissions Requirements

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Academic requirements for admission to MBKU are based on standards set by the California Optometry Law, the accrediting bodies and the judgment of the Admissions Policy Committee.

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission. A student may apply during his/her senior year of college and supply documentation certifying that they will be receiving their degree prior to the start of the first-year classes in August. Alternatively, students may apply during their junior year in college for an early decision. If accepted, their enrollment will be guaranteed for the following year after the completion of their bachelor's degree. An early decision acceptance implies a commitment on the part of the applicant to not apply to other programs during the year they are completing the bachelor’s degree. For more information about early decision, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applicants are expected to have completed a traditional college education including a broad foundation in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and must demonstrate facility in writing and speaking the English language. The following courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution, in the United States or Canada, with a grade of "C-" or better prior to enrollment and are the minimum requirements for all applicants.


  Semester Units Quarter Units
Calculus (Analytical Geometry/Calculus also acceptable) 3 4
General Biology or Zoology (the one year sequence of), no lab requirement 6 9
General Microbiology or Bacteriology, including laboratory
(No substitutions are allowed)
3 4
Human Anatomy, including laboratory 3 4
Human Physiology, including laboratory 3 4
General Physics (the one year sequence of), including laboratory 8 12
General Chemistry (the one year sequence of), including laboratory 8 12
Organic Chemistry, no lab requirement 3 4
Biochemistry, no lab requirement 3 4
Psychology (Statistics will not meet this requirement) 3 4
English Composition or Literature 6 8
Statistics 3 4
Bachelor's Degree    


Online Course Policy

Lecture courses may be completed online. Lab courses must be completed in a classroom. Virtual lab courses are not acceptable. SCCO accepts online courses completed at institutions that are regionally accredited by one of the United States regional accrediting associations.

Advanced Placement Credits

Advanced Placement (AP) credits will only be accepted for the following courses, and no other AP credits are acceptable:

  • Calculus
  • ONE of the two required English courses. One English course must be completed at the college or university level.

Early Decision Qualification

With more and more students deciding on careers in high school and even middle school, Early Decision is becoming a more favorable option.  Being accepted as an Early Decision applicant affords many benefits.  For more information about Early Decision, please see the “Early Decision Qualification” PDF located here:

ASCO’s Admissions Requirements Handbook

ASCO, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, provides helpful information about all aspects of an optometric education. SCCO’s information is on page 66.  ASCO’s Admissions Requirements (PDF).