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We invite all hard-working, conscientious students to apply to SCCO’s renowned Doctor of Optometry (OD) program. To be admitted, you must first satisfy certain eligibility and academic requirements (prerequisites). SCCO’s requirements are based on the high standards set by California Optometry Law, as well as professional accrediting bodies, and by the Admissions Policy Committee.


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. You must be on track to finish either a bachelor's degree or the required units during the summer term that precedes SCCO's fall matriculation. 

Academic Prerequisites

Minimum requirements: Prior to enrolling at MBKU, all applicants must complete the courses listed below at a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution, with a grade of "C-" or better.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses for our prerequisites will be accepted, providing the appropriate number of AP credit hours was earned. These courses must appear on your official college transcript or in a letter from the registrar.

For more information regarding Online Course Policy, Advanced Placement credit, OAT preparation, Letters of Recommendation requirements, information for foreign doctors seeking licensure, and more, please visit the FAQ section of our website.


Semester Units

Quarter Units

Calculus (analytic geometry/calculus also acceptable)  3 4
General Biology or Zoology (one year sequence), no lab required 6 9
General Microbiology or Bacteriology, including lab 3 4
Human Anatomy, no lab required 3 4
Human Physiology, no lab required 3 4
General Physics (one year sequence), including lab 8 12
General Chemistry (one year sequence), including lab 8 12
Organic Chemistry, no lab required 3 4
Biochemistry, no lab required 3 4
Psychology  3 4
English Composition or Literature (writing intensive courses are also acceptable) 6 8

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements list specific courses at a college or university that will fulfill SCCO's prerequisite requirements. You may think of them as 'pre-approved’ coursework.

Course content and descriptions change continually, so we can’t guarantee that the information in these agreements current. Ultimately, the responsibility for meeting SCCO’s prerequisite requirements is up to you.

If you are not sure whether a course will meet our requirements, please have it reviewed by an SCCO admissions advisor by copying the course description from the school’s online catalog and emailing it to the SCCO Admissions Office. Be sure to include the school’s name and the number of quarter/semester units for the course.


Disability Services & Policies

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