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Southern California College of Optometry

Doctor of Optometry


To educate today's minds to provide tomorrow's eye, vision and health care.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Optometry is a 4-year academic program that prepares graduates to deliver contemporary eye, vision and health care as an integral member of the primary care health team. During the first year, students are exposed to the basic sciences and research techniques. Included are courses in geometrical and physical optics, biomedical sciences, visual sciences and clinical techniques. First-year students also receive their first introduction to patient care at Ketchum Health, the university's eye and health center.

The second year emphasizes clinical techniques and advanced studies in visual science. Students begin seeing their own patients at Ketchum Health in the second quarter of the second year.

Third-year students have patient care assignments at Ketchum Health under the supervision of clinical faculty and take courses in contact lenses, vision therapy, diseases of the eye, ocular pharmacology, clinical optometry and public health.

The final year is primarily spent serving patients in the various facilities of the outreach clinical program. Some assignments in the specialty services at Ketchum Health are also included.

The mission of the Southern California College of Optometry's outreach clinical programs is to deliver the highest quality patient care and service and to educate clinicians in the art and science of optometry in diverse patient care delivery environments.

The degree of Doctor of Optometry will be conferred on students who are officially admitted to, and who satisfactorily complete, the four-year professional curriculum in optometry. Satisfactory completion of the SCCO program will academically qualify the graduate to apply for licensure in each of the 50 states.