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    Optometry Academics

    SCCO’s four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) program prepares students for lifelong success as an optometric professional.

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    Optometry Academics

    SCCO’s four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) program prepares students for lifelong success as an optometric professional.

Academics

Overview of Your OD Program

The Southern California College of Optometry combines teaching, patient care, research and public service to help you earn a professional Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Satisfactory completion of SCCO’s academic program qualifies you to apply for licensure in all 50 United States. 

Year One–Get Started

In the first year of your studies, you’ll gain a solid foundation for clinical practice that emphasizes basic and applied biomedical and vision sciences. As a student clinician, you’ll participate in vision screenings, you’ll also have supervised patient interactions at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Anaheim while developing knowledge and proficiency in areas such as: 

  • Practice management
  • Public health
  • Professional ethics
  • Pre-clinical methods
  • Interpersonal communications

Year Two–See Patients

Year two expands your knowledge of the clinical sciences and completes the biomedical science course sequence, including clinical medicine and pharmacology. You’ll take part in school vision screenings and begin examining your own patients at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Anaheim.

Year Three–Complete Classes

In the third year of your professional curriculum, you’ll be scheduled for two days of patient care assignments each week at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Anaheim, under the supervision of SCCO clinical faculty. You’ll also finish up your didactic (classroom) requirements, with courses that cover:

  • Cornea and contact lenses
  • Strabismus
  • Vision therapy
  • Ocular disease management
  • Public health
  • Low vision rehabilitation

Year Four–Clinical Rotations 

The final year of your SCCO optometry program focuses on direct patient care while allowing you to customize your educational experience through 4 three-month rotations at your choice of 80 clinical outreach sites across the U.S. and abroad.

View Summary of 4-Year Program 

Learn More About SCCO's Curriculum 

Faculty
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Our faculty members are committed to working with our students and with fellow health science professionals to build a strong academic and collaborative optometry program.
Residency Program
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Completing an accredited, one-year postdoctoral residency program is a great way to enhance clinical expertise in your chosen optometric specialty.