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    Optometry Admissions

    Below you’ll find important information about the admissions process.

  • Students walking through lecture halls inside M.B. Ketchum Memorial Library

    Optometry Admissions

    Below you’ll find important information about the admissions process.

OD Admissions

Admissions Cycle 

The 2019-20 admissions cycle begins on July 1, 2019, and runs through April 1, 2020, 9:00 p.m. PST. If you wish to apply for a seat in this cycle, you should begin the application process immediately.  Or visit How to Apply to learn more.

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: April 1, 2020 by 9:00 p.m. PST

We Use Rolling Admissions, So Please Apply Early

Rolling admissions means that applications are reviewed as they are received. If you meet the academic criteria and interview successfully, you’ll be offered a seat in the incoming class. In this way, the class is gradually filled as the cycle progresses.

Baccalaureate Degree Recommended

To be considered for admission to SCCO’s professional OD program, a four-year baccalaureate degree is recommended. However, applicants who complete a minimum of 90 semester/135 quarter units of undergraduate study will qualify for admission.

Become a Competitive Applicant

Applicants to SCCO’s Doctor of Optometry (OD) program must first satisfy certain eligibility and academic requirements (prerequisites). Learn more about requirements and how to distinguish yourself as an applicant.



Additional Admissions Information

General Eligibility

To be eligible for admission, you must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) by April 1, finish all prerequisites by the end of summer term just prior to beginning fall classes. However, to submit your application, it is not necessary to have completed prerequisite coursework or to have taken the OAT. Connect with the Admissions Team for any questions.

Admissions Policy

Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education. Marshall B. Ketchum University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The Vice President for Student Affairs has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and can be reached at

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, as well as the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, visit the Office for Civil Rights Contact Page or call 1.800.421.3481.

Disability Services & Policies

MBKU welcomes students with disabilities to apply to our health professional programs. Please view our Disability Services Information for Prospective Students.

Ready to Apply?

SCCO’s supplemental application is part of the OptomCAS application.

How To Apply

Visit OptomCAS Application