We invite all hard-working, conscientious students to apply to SCCO’s renowned Doctor of Optometry (OD) program. To be considered for admission, 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, you must satisfy two academic components: 1) bachelor’s degree or minimum units, and 2) prerequisite coursework.
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.
Minimum prerequisite coursework as listed below is also required. These courses must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution with a grade of "C-" or better. Online coursework is acceptable for all lectures and the microbiology lab. Physics and Chemistry labs must be taken in person; virtual labs are not accepted for these courses.
These requirements need not be completed at the time your application is submitted; however, you must be on track to finish all requirements no later than the summer term that precedes SCCO's fall matriculation.
COVID-19 Accommodations: SCCO’s standard policy requires prerequisite coursework to be completed for a letter grade and that physics and chemistry labs be completed in the classroom. For any coursework/labs completed between Winter 2020 through Spring 2022, Pass/No Pass grading and virtual labs for physics and chemistry will be accepted.