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Optometry Student Bowl Trophy Arrives at MBKU


David Nguyen, the 2014 Varilux Optometry Student Bowl winner, returned from rotation to welcome the trophy to campus. David won the prestigious trophy at the annual student competition held this year at the American Optometry Association Convention in Philadelphia.

"I likely embarrassed some of the students as I was cheering so loudly for David that I almost lost my voice,” admitted President Alexander. This is an academic competition where knowledge and speed make for NASCAR-like excitement. David was the calmest person in the room; accepting the challenge like a walk in the park.

Marshall B. Ketchum University is proud to bring the trophy back to SCCO as this marks the second time the campus has held the prized jewel. Essilor’s very own Rod Tahran, O.D. helped to deliver the Bowl to campus and was not only happy to see “THE BOWL” come back to SCCO, but as an SCCO alumnus and current trustee of MBKU, he was beaming with pride.

SCCO Dean of Optometry, Stanley Woo, has placed the trophy in the M.B. Ketchum Library where it can be seen by all as a symbol of what hard work can achieve. “We are already preparing for 2015!”

Marshall B. Ketchum University
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Rooted in a tradition of excellence in Optometry, Marshall B. Ketchum University's (MBKU's), vision is to reimagine the future of health care education by educating caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

MBKU's Vision:  To reimagine the future of health care education.

MBKU's Mission:  To educate caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

MBKU's Core Values:  Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Compassion and Respect.

Marshall B. Ketchum University is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry and the School of Physician Assistant Studies.  Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to a university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals.  MBKU will provide a diversity of health care education opportunities in an environment fully focused on medical professionalism, combining advanced clinical training with innovative teaching methods.  The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree.  MBKU's School of Physician Assistant Studies expects to award a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree.  MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy.

The University's superior 110-year-old optometric clinical education program provides patient care experiences in community optometric clinics; exposure to the delivery of optometric care in multi-disciplinary settings; and experiences in practices serving a wide variety of ethnic and socio-economic patient groups.  Marshall B. Ketchum University owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton located on its campus in Fullerton, CA, and University Eye Center at Los Angeles located on Broadway at Martin Luther King Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles.

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-Provisionalstatus to the Marshall B. Ketchum University Physician Assistant Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status.  The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned.  Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.