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    Southern California College of Optometry

    Amazing faculty, innovative technology, and clinical education that’s second to none. Be part of something special at MBKU's SCCO and experience all this and more.

  • A young boy gets an eye exam at the University Eye Center

    Southern California College of Optometry

    Amazing faculty, innovative technology, and clinical education that’s second to none. Be part of something special at MBKU's SCCO and experience all this and more.

  • SCCO students in lecture at MBKU

    Southern California College of Optometry

    Amazing faculty, innovative technology, and clinical education that’s second to none. Be part of something special at MBKU's SCCO and experience all this and more.

Optometry

Why There’s No Better Place to Start Your Health Care Career

When you attend the Southern California School of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, you’ll step into a legacy of clinical and educational excellence that started back in 1904 by our founder and namesake

You’ll also become part of a tightly knit academic family, including an alumni group that’s among your chosen profession’s most accomplished researchers, clinicians and teachers.

We had a different name when Dr. Ketchum first opened our doors. But today, more than 100 years later, you’ll find the same high standards for academics, clinical skills and professional development alive and flourishing here on our beautiful Southern California campus. 

Learn more about our admissions process and requirements. Or begin your application process now, on the OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service) website.
 

Fall 2019 Application Deadline: April 1, 2019 by 9:00 p.m. PST

SCCO Highlights
Interprofessional Education
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We are the first health care university in Southern California to bring three primary care disciplines together to learn and work as a team to provide collaborative, effective patient care. Together, our optometry students, our PA students as well as our pharmacy students are able to connect first-hand in an interprofessional learning and clinical environment.
Clinical Rotations
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SCCO’s fourth-year rotation program allows students to customize their final year of education to their personal interests and professional goals. We offer over 80 outreach sites all over the country, each with its own patient demographic providing students with a unique fourth-year experience. Student interns complete four 3-month rotations, one at the new University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Anaheim and three other locations of their choice.
MS in Vision Science
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The OD degree granted from Marshall B. Ketchum University is a professional doctorate degree. There are academic degrees offered as well. The academic degree offered at MBKU is the master's degree in vision science. It may be completed concurrently with the doctor of optometry degree. With the growing number of optometry programs in the U.S. over recent years, there has been an increase in demand for qualified academics in the field.
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Featured News

SCCO’s Residency Programs: Enhancing Optometry Careers Nationwide

 

Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Southern California College of Optometry boasts an impressive network of residency sites. The depth and breadth of its program, which focuses on exceptional resident training, is highly regarded throughout the country.

 

The size, depth and breadth of SCCO’s residencies is only a small part of what makes it remarkable. The individual residency programs themselves are unique in that they are designed to train residents in the latest evidence-based theories and advanced clinical procedures embraced by SCCO and American Optometric Association’s guidelines while focusing on training in interprofessional education and collaborative teamwork. Program settings range from Indian reservations to private practices to the Department of  Veterans Affairs.

Lead the SCCO Legacy Forward

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