Student Support - Student Services

Student Counseling Services

The Director of University Student Counseling Services is on campus and available on a part-time flexible schedule throughout the week for personal counseling for all registered MBKU students at no cost. A licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in student support with considerable experience dealing with test/performance anxiety, school-life balance, stress, relationships, family dynamics, and depression is available to assist you. 

To set up an appointment, please call 714.449.7835 or send your request via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  If necessary, students may also call the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate an appointment for medical care or mental health issues. If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911.

Disability Services

The Office of Student Affairs provides help and support for program applicants and current students with disabilities. Visit the MBKU Visitors page and explore our facilities at any time of the year.

Map of Fullerton Campus

Academic, Medical & Community Buildings

Richard L. Hopping Academic Center

Lecture Halls
The Richard L. Hopping Academic Center features lecture halls, study rooms and the M.B. Ketchum Memorial Library. Our lecture halls have state-of-the-art presentation equipment including full HD projection systems, interactive digital white boards and digital audio equipment. All of these systems work together delivering content to our Lecture Management System. The LMS allows students online access to review lectures captured during class.

M.B. Ketchum Memorial Library

The library on the second floor of the Richard L. Hopping Academic Center houses countless references for student and faculty use. All students have access to online academic journal sources, in addition to the hardcopy sources kept on-site. Students can study at tables in the main part of the library, or may retreat to one of the many study rooms, available for study groups and tutoring sessions. The library also contains a computer room and copy room with printing/copying services. Visit our library’s website for information on services and hours.


Basic & Clinical Sciences Labs

Basic & Clinical Science Labs
Practical skills are taught and perfected in the pre-clinic laboratories. The basic and clinical science labs on campus are used by SCCO, SPAS and the College of Pharmacy. Unique optometry labs, such as those for contact lenses and ophthalmic optics, are also available to our students to reserve anytime during campus hours. Students spend hours in pre-clinic, practicing on each other until they are ready to see their first patient.
Anatomage tables are used to teach virtual dissection and anatomy on large touch screens with life-size scans of actual adult male and female cadavers. The tables can be tilted vertically or horizontally for ease of use and come with a digital library of scans representing more than 100 real-life pathological cases that show what different conditions or anatomical variations look like in different individuals.


Joseph F. Taylor Simulation Lab

Joseph F. Taylor Simulation Lab
The Joseph F. Taylor Simulation Lab allows students to use virtual reality technology to enhance their ophthalmoscopy exam skills. Eyesi Indirect and Eyesi Direct Ophthalmoscope Simulators are available in the lab and are integrated into coursework. By practicing on virtual patients first, the simulators provide consistency in learning. The technology gives students a broader view of the retina, and gives direct procedural and diagnostic feedback to fine-tune students’ skills before they perform real-life examinations.


Medical & Optometric Exam Rooms

Practice Exam Rooms
PA and pharmacy students use medical exam rooms set up to practice physical exams. Workshops throughout the curricula feature varying patient conditions that the students must uncover through practical skills such as patient history, testing and observation.

Optometry students also use practice exam rooms set up to replicate the testing space at the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Students practice new skills in these exam rooms prior to seeing patients.


University Eye Centers

University Eye Centers
The University Eye Center at Ketchum Health is the main clinical teaching facility of SCCO, serving more than 25,000 patients annually. Located at MBKU's Ketchum Health campus in Anaheim, the UEC provides comprehensive eye and vision care services to the public. Professional services encompass the diagnosis, treatment and management of eye disease and vision disorders. Clinical services include contact lenses, vision therapy, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports vision, low vision rehabilitation and electrodiagnostics. Ketchum Health has space for a future medical home and pharmacy, which will allow collaborative practice between all three professions.

To learn more about the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health, visit For information on the University Eye Center at Los Angeles, located about 4 minutes east of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum near downtown Los Angeles, visit the UECLA website.


Outreach Clinical Sites

Rotation Sites
Each of MBKU’s colleges boasts an extensive Outreach Clinical Program, which provide off-campus clinical experiences for optometry, PA and pharmacy students.

MBKU's extensive clinical programs offer students tremendous opportunities to develop their clinical and professional skills in many different health care delivery systems while serving patients from diverse socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds.


Essilor Student Center

Student Center
Given all the hours spent on campus, students need a place to relax. Within the Essilor Student Center, the rec room contains a small kitchen with refrigerators, microwaves and vending machines. Students can lounge on the couches and watch the big-screen TV, or compete in a game of pool or table tennis.

Across the hall from the rec room, our student lounge is the location for many campus events, including meetings, presentations and some continuing education classes. When not in use for official business, it is open for any student to use. It's another place where students can kick back and relax in their ever-valuable free time.


Campus Store

Campus Store
Located next to the student lounge and rec room, the Campus Store orders all the required books and equipment that each student will need. MBKU buys equipment in bulk to provide a better cost for students. The faculty and Campus Store work together to get students the best equipment to serve them during their time at MBKU, and to last them long into their career. The Campus Store sells official university merchandise for those who want to show their MBKU pride.


Patricia Hopping Commons

Ketchum University also boasts dedicated outdoor green space which provides breathing room for students between their time in the classroom and the clinic. Students can be found spending their free time on the commons to study or play together, and enjoy the warm weather Southern California has to offer. Receptions and events such as a movie night or BBQ also take place on the Commons throughout the year.


Ernest A. Hutchinson Amphitheater

Ketchum University's favorite stage is the Ernest A. Hutchinson Amphitheater, located in the center of campus. The outdoor amphitheater can seat approximately 1,000. Formal ceremonies such as Commencement and White Coat take place here. It is also used for performances like the MBKU Talent Show and the SCCO Knowledge Bowl. The amphitheater is open to students during campus hours as another place to retreat during free time.


Fitness Center

Fitness Center Photo
Marshall B. Ketchum University believes in the promotion of physical health and mental well-being for all of its students, faculty, staff and administration. In that spirit, a fitness center is available on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, unless closed for cleaning and/or repairs. All current members of the student body in good standing; all contracted faculty, adjunct faculty and faculty emeriti; and all currently employed staff and administrators are eligible to use the Fitness Center upon signing a "Waiver of Liability and Indemnity" form. No other persons are eligible to use the facility. The Fitness Center includes lockers, showers and restrooms that are available for temporary use while utilizing the facilities.

Students may also purchase an affiliate membership to the gym facilities at California State University across the street (make sure you bring your MBKU ID when you sign up).  Although a little pricey, the gym is state-of-the-art and offers everything from badminton, basketball, and racquetball courts to pool/billiards to a sales counter for discounted local attraction tickets. Check out the website for yourself!