What You Should Know — Optometry Admissions and SCCO

It’s Not Too Late to Apply for the Current Cycle and Here’s Why!

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February 8, 2018 • Applying

SCCO Admissions has been getting calls from applicants asking if it is too late to apply. The answer is “certainly not!”  The last date to submit your application through OptomCAS is April 1, 2018 and the last date to take the OAT for the current cycle is also April 1, 2018. We will be conducting… Read More ›

Goals and Wisdom »

The Unique Doctor-Patient Relationship and Standing On Your Own Two Feet!

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I always wanted to be an optometrist.  Always. It started when I was just a kid with my geeky fascination for eyeglass frames and turned into a longing for a vital way to help not only patients but myself too. I look back now with 40 years in optometry.  I am so grateful… As will… Read More ›

Applying »

It’s Not Too Late to Apply for the Current Cycle and Here’s Why!

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SCCO Admissions has been getting calls from applicants asking if it is too late to apply. The answer is “certainly not!”  The last date to submit your application through OptomCAS is April 1, 2018 and the last date to take the OAT for the current cycle is also April 1, 2018. We will be conducting… Read More ›

Admissions »

Help Your Pre-Optometry Club Be Even MORE Successful!

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Being part of a pre-optometry club is a great way to get plugged into your future profession, learn about the various optometry educational programs, and learn about how to make yourself a competitive applicant.  Pre-optometry clubs attract students who are not familiar with optometry. There’s  wisdom in the movie line, “If you build it, they will come.”… Read More ›

OAT »

OAT Practice Tests Available Online

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Newly available are OAT practice tests, electronic versions put out by the agency who administers the OAT.

The Interview »

“Six Interview Mistakes” by Michael Neece, Monster.com Contributing Writer

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I came across this article on Monster.com.  Michael Neece makes six concise points about interviewing that has relevance to an applicant interview.  I formatted this article so that my comments appear after each point made by its author: Six Interview Mistakes by Michael Neece, Monster.com, Contributing Writer #1  Confusing an Interview with an Interrogation:  Most candidates expect to be interrogated…. Read More ›

Spotlights »

Pre-Optometry Clubs Helping Their Campus & Community

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Another terrific article from ASCO’s Blog!  Should be helpful to pre-optometry clubs: Pre-Optometry Clubs are an excellent way for prospective optometry students to learn more about the optometry field and develop their interests. Pre-Optometry clubs can help undergraduate students in their application processes as well as help them gain mentors who share their same passions…. Read More ›

Technology at SCCO »

SCCO Installs VRmagic Medical Simulators On Campus

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As Marshall B. Ketchum University evolves into an interprofessional institution, it is preparing both its curriculum and technology for the future of medical education in which technology is especially important to learning and growth for both students and the university. What follows is a press release heralding the dedication of our new Sim Lab made… Read More ›

About the OAT »

Tips for the Standardized Test: Students’ Perspectives

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This is a discussion taken from SCCO’s Facebook Group for Pre-optometry Students.    Students talk about methods to improve scores on standardized tests, (i.e. the OAT).   Question:   I have trouble taking standardized tests.  They psych me out!  I’m worried about doing well on the OAT.   Any suggestions for how to study or overcome this issue?… Read More ›

Clubs & Organizations »

Club Night at MBKU

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I have a new cub reporter. Her name is Erin Major, Class of 2020. She’s going to be helping me with the Blog, especially in the area of student life. Erin hails from Colorado Springs, CO. She completed her undergrad degree at University of Colorado, Boulder. Southern California is sure to be a brand new experience… Read More ›

Connect with SCCO »

Parents with Questions? Here’s How Parents May Contact SCCO Admissions

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SCCO Admissions welcomes interactions with parents! Even though it is the student who wears the White Coat and goes to class, support from family members—especially parents—is vital to a student’s success. At Commencement, when the graduate steps up on that platform and receives their Doctor of Optometry degree, it is a victory for the whole… Read More ›

Interprofessional Education »

Optometry and the Future of Health Care: Schools and Colleges Embrace Interprofessional Education

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“Optometry and the Future of Health Care: Schools and Colleges Embrace Interprofessional Education” from ASCO’s blog “Why interprofessional health care education?” As a pre-optometry student, it is the question you should be asking. In a nutshell the answer is, because the interprofessional team approach setting is how optometrists will be required to practice in the future…. Read More ›

Ketchum Magazine »

Ketchum’s SCCO Leads Nation in Breadth of Residency Programs

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Ketchum University’s Southern California College of Optometry holds a unique distinction that speaks to its commitment to advancing the profession nationwide: It leads all optometry schools in the nation in the size of its residency program, offering 50 residency positions in 23 programs across six states. The majority of programs are offered in California, but there are affiliated programs in Washington, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah as well.

OAT Prep »

How a Successful OAT-Taker Prepared

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Here’s a post taken from Student Doctor Dot Net where a successful OAT test-taker outlines her strategy of how she prepared before and even on test day. Realize I have no way to validate this information, but I am simply reposting what she self-reported in this online forum. As a contextual reference for how she… Read More ›

OptomCAS »

OptomCAS’ FAQ Page

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OptomCAS has an FAQ page that is well organized and very informative! Take charge or your OptomCAS application process by thoroughly reviewing  this page’s information: OptomCAS FAQs

Personal Statement »

Optometry: An Inspired Career Choice

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As an admissions adviser, I direct applicants to resources that will help them with their applications.  Here is such an article.  It is hosted on ASCO’s blog and features three optometrists with distinctively different careers. Here is inspiration for your own essays when answering the question about why optometry is your choice. Here’s ASCO’s blog article: Three ODs discuss what led… Read More ›

Resources for Pre-Optometry Students »

U.S. Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship

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Find out more about the scholarship program available through the U.S. Navy for pre-optometry students.

Shadowing »

SCCO Alumni Shadowing Program for Pre-Optometry Students

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SCCO at Marshall B. Ketchum University is proud to announce a new program to assist pre-optometry students seeking shadowing experience. It’s been a long time in the making! Shadowing is key to both deciding if optometry is right for you and preparing to interview. Through this shadowing program of SCCO Alumni who have volunteered to… Read More ›

Student Life »

Solar Eclipse Viewing Hosted by President, Dr. Kevin Alexander

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Always the teacher and student of astronomy, MBKU’s President, Dr. Kevin Alexander hosted MBKU students for the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse viewing. He brought his own personal telescope on campus for the event. Dr. Alexander is in the baseball hat and dark blue shirt:  

Student Events »

MBKU Students Deliver Free Care to Underserved in LA County at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

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Here’s an example of how MBKU’s optometry students are involved in community service even in their very first year… MBKU’s Southern California College of Optometry doctors administered 1,298 eye exams to those in need at the annual Care Harbor event in Los Angeles.  Care Harbor LA, an annual event that brings together health care providers… Read More ›

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