A History of Excellence Since 1904
The multidisciplinary health care teaching facility today known as Marshall B. Ketchum University traces its roots to the Los Angeles School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, established by our founder and namesake back in 1904.
To be sure, Dr. Ketchum was a visionary entrepreneur and prominent leader in the optometric profession. He made very significant and long-standing contributions in his field of care, in California and throughout the nation.
But even the pioneering Dr. Ketchum could not have envisioned the new heights to which his pursuit of clinical and academic excellence would take his humble institution, which has grown to become Marshall B. Ketchum University, an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution located in Fullerton, CA.
Staying true to our founder’s clear vision and imaginative spirit, we have led the way in interprofessional education, stepping out boldly to establish a College of Pharmacy in 2013, and receive "Accreditation - Provisional" status for a new School of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies two years earlier.
Reimagining Health Care and Education
Optometry + PA + Pharmacy Studies equals a whole new concept in collaborative health care education and care, one which we are proud to showcase at Ketchum Health. The facility opened in 2016 and features a modern, technically advanced eye-care center, a PA-run Family Medicine Practice and state-of-the-art pharmacy research lab, all of which are served and supported by faculty and students from all three MBKU programs.
2013: SCCO Becomes Part of Something Bigger
In 2013, SCCO became part of something bigger – Marshall B. Ketchum University, and the year 2018 marked the first of many milestones – the University’s fifth birthday.
Ketchum University is leading a momentous change in health care education – a change that breaks down the traditional silos between different professional programs so students understand, on a comprehensive level, how to deliver excellent patient care in a team environment.
Dr. Ketchum would be proud. His entrepreneurial spirit is still alive today as Marshall B. Ketchum University reimagines health care education.