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President's Welcome

Welcome to Marshall B. Ketchum University

Profile photo of President Kevin L. AlexanderWelcome to Marshall B. Ketchum University. Whether you are a prospective student, a patient looking for health care, or just someone looking for information, I know you will find our new website exciting, helpful and easy to use. 

Tradition Meets Innovation

In 1904, a tradition of excellence was established when Marshall Bidwell Ketchum founded a small optometry college in Southern California. Today, MBKU marries this tradition with innovation as we deliver relevant, high-quality, interprofessional education to meet the needs of a constantly transforming landscape of health care. Clinicians at our state-of-the art facilities at Ketchum Health and in Los Angeles deliver outstanding collaborative health care with compassion and sensitivity.

Team-Based Care – the Future of Health Care Education

At the center of the health care industry today is the patient, treated by an interconnected team of health care professionals. At MBKU, students benefit from a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to education, which allows them to study and learn together from one another. As they acquire the skills to be successful practitioners, MBKU students also graduate ready to participate as members of the health care team.

Enjoy the Website

So, I now invite you to explore our website. Prospective students can dig into any of our professional programs in Optometry, PA or Pharmacy. If you would like to schedule an appointment for care, click on one of our clinical sites in Anaheim or Los Angeles. Regardless of why you are visiting our website, our century of experience in health care education and patient care has something to offer you!

  • President Alexander with OD, PA and Pharm Student
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    2018 Gala Celebration
    President Alexander; Sahar Matin (pharmacy student); Annabelle Storch (optometry student); Brianna Lynch (PA student); and MBKU Board Chair, Judge Carol Najera.
  • 2018 V Award Honoree Dr. Tony Carnevali
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    2018 Gala Celebration
    Dr. Melissa Contreras, Clinic Director of the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health in Los Angeles; Dr. Tony Carnevali (2018 V-Award Honoree and 1975 SCCO alumnus); MBKU Board Chair, Judge Carol Najera; and Dr. Kevin L. Alexander
  • The North Orange County Chamber accepts the 2018 V-Award
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    2018 Gala Celebration
    Wayne Heidle, Director of Community Relations; Javier Solis, Chair of the North Orange County Chamber (accepting the V-Award on behalf of the North Orange County Chamber), President Kevin L. Alexander; and MBKU Board Chair Judge Carol Najrea.
  • President Alexander speaks at MBKU's 5th anniversary celebration
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    MBKU 5th Anniversary Celebration
    President Alexander addresses students, faculty and staff and MBKU's 5th anniversary celebration.
  • SCCO Class of 2019 Pinning Ceremony
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    SCCO Pinning Ceremony
    The SCCO Class of 2019 pose for a photo after the pinning ceremony, marking their final event before 4th year clinical rotations.
  • President Alexander speaks at the SCCO Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony
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    SCCO Commencement
    President Alexander speaks at the SCCO Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2018.