MBKU's Southern California College of Optometry has been delivering an exceptional clinical education to future eye care professionals since 1904. We have an established reputation of academic excellence. Seeing better means living better. Our graduates change lives. Our students care for patients in our community and connect with other health care professionals in an interprofessional educational setting.


You’re Invited: Spring Admissions Open House

SCCO Students reviewing a patient's case in the halls of Ketchum Health

The Spring Admissions Open House on Saturday, April 13, 2019 is geared for those who are beginning their exploration of both the optometric profession and an optometric education.

Family and friends are welcome to come along and share the experience.  Learn about SCCO’s optometry program from admissions advisors and students.  Enjoy a campus tour, lab demos, featured speaker presentations, and a student panel discussing the program and student life!  

Reservations are a must and space is limited.
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SCCO Highlights

Interprofessional Education

We are the first health care university in Southern California to bring three primary care disciplines together to learn and work as a team to provide collaborative, effective patient care. Together, our optometry students, our PA students as well as our pharmacy students are able to connect first-hand in an interprofessional learning and clinical environment.

Clinical Rotations

SCCO’s fourth-year rotation program allows students to customize their final year of education to their personal interests and professional goals. We offer over 80 outreach sites all over the country, each with its own patient demographic providing students with a unique fourth-year experience. Student interns complete four 3-month rotations, one at the new University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Anaheim and three other locations of their choice.

MS in Vision Science

The OD degree granted from Marshall B. Ketchum University is a professional doctorate degree. There are academic degrees offered as well. The academic degree offered at MBKU is the master's degree in vision science. It may be completed concurrently with the doctor of optometry degree. With the growing number of optometry programs in the U.S. over recent years, there has been an increase in demand for qualified academics in the field.