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About SCCO and How It Will Change You 

A rewarding health care career begins with a quality education. Just ask any of the thousands of SCCO alumni, whose hard work, dedication and commitment have put them at the top of the optometric profession. 

When you choose our Doctor of Optometry degree, you’re getting a program that’s professionally and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association (AAO).

 Completing the SCCO curriculum will qualify you to apply for licensure in all 50 United States. 

Interprofessional Education

As a future optometrist, you’ll become an integral part of patients’ primary health care team, along with internists, specialists and other medical professionals. Studying at SCCO more than prepares you for this future. 

This aspect of your training is known as ‘interprofessional education.’ MBKU is the first health care university in Southern California to bring three primary care disciplines together, learning and working together as a team to provide collaborative, effective patient care. 

See Patients Your Second Year 

As an SCCO second-year student, you'll begin examining patients in a supervised clinical environment. Few other institutions offer the opportunity to develop your clinical and patient-management skills like this, in a collaborative, interprofessional educational setting.

You can further enhance your optometric skills through our Outreach Clinical Program, a unique opportunity for fourth-year students. As a student intern, you’ll work side-by-side with other health care professionals, doing four, 10-12-week rotations, one in Anaheim at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health, and three in clinically diverse settings of your choice, such as VA medical centers, HMOs, military bases and others–both in the US and overseas.

SCCO Vision, Mission, Values 

SCCO is a top choice for prospective optometry students because of its vision and mission, preparing its students for the optometric profession of the future. For example:

Vision: We seek to reimagine the future of health care education.

Knowing that the future of health care is collaborative, we engineer patient-care experiences that expose students to perspectives and approaches outside their chosen profession. The coming together of optometry, physician assistants and pharmacy allows us to treat and manage patients from a broader perspective for better patient outcomes.

Mission: To educate today’s minds to provide tomorrow’s eye, vision, and healthcare.  Our mission is excellence in patient care, clinical education, and research.

Values: Marshall B. Ketchum University is guided by the values of:

  • Accountability: We are committed to honesty, fairness and responsibility for our words and actions.
  • Caring: We strive to address the needs of our university community and others by nurturing a spirit of compassion.
  • Excellence: Consistent with our legacy, we are committed to achieving outcomes of the highest quality.
  • Innovation: We have the courage to dream and experiment with creative and unique ideas.
  • Respect: We value the unique talents and diversity of people, strive to work collaboratively, and honor the open exchange of ideas.