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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.

Requirements

SCCO FAQs 

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.

Non-Discrimination Statement

MBKU is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and professionalism. In accordance with applicable federal and state laws, it is University policy to prevent the unlawful discrimination against students, applicants for admission, employees, applicants for employment and patients requesting treatment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The University also prohibits sexual harassment and harassment on any of the above bases (refer to the Prohibited Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy).

Inquiries regarding the University’s equal opportunity policies should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ketchum.edu for students and the Vice President for Human Resources at humanresources@ketchum.edu for employees.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact the Office for Civil Rights for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, 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.

Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosure

In compliance with Federal Regulations, 34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule), and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure as a physician assistant. Please view our Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosure.

Ready to Apply?

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

How To Apply

Visit OptomCAS Application