What You Should Know — Optometry Admissions and SCCO

Changes to SCCO’s Pre-Requisite Requirements for the Upcoming Admissions Cycle

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Trends in undergrad education prompted SCCO’s administration to re-evaluate pre-requisite requirements. This process was triggered initially as a result of applicants’ feedback about how difficult it was becoming to fulfill the human anatomy and physiology lab requirement. Responding to this feedback by researching undergrad institutions’ changing policy about offering these labs led to a subsequent… 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 »

Changes to SCCO’s Pre-Requisite Requirements for the Upcoming Admissions Cycle

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Trends in undergrad education prompted SCCO’s administration to re-evaluate pre-requisite requirements. This process was triggered initially as a result of applicants’ feedback about how difficult it was becoming to fulfill the human anatomy and physiology lab requirement. Responding to this feedback by researching undergrad institutions’ changing policy about offering these labs led to a subsequent… Read More ›

Admissions »

An Optometrist Saved My Vision!

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Article Hosted on ASCO’s Blog: Eye On Optometry For SCCO’s optometry applicant interview days, we invite parents and guests to accompany the applicants. They are invited to a general campus tour, hands-on preview of our new virtual learning technology, lunch reception, student panel presentation, presentation from SCCO’s dean, Dr. Stanley Woo about our program’s benefits, and then… Read More ›

OAT »

OAT Prep Recommendation: Chad’s Videos

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I’ve received an endorsement of Chad’s Videos from an applicant who performed very well on the OAT.  I thought her comments were worthy of a blog article. This applicant explained that at SCCO’s Spring Admissions Open House, she heard a SCCO student endorse these videos/teaching tool explaining that it was the preferred method she used to prepare to take… Read More ›

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 »

I Chose SCCO

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“when I asked how each had made the decision about which school to choose, I heard over and over, ‘I just knew it was right.”‘

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 »

Student Spouse Association: Campus Life at MBKU

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As the spouse of an OD student, you’ll find yourself in a practice examination chair on more than one occasion during the 4 years it takes you to get your SOD degree (Spouse of an OD).  Although you may not be the one studying for tests or taking exams, your role as the support staff… 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 Magazine’s Fall 2016 Issue

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Ketchum Magazine is the official periodical of Marshall B. Ketchum University, published twice a year for university alumni, faculty, staff and friends of MBKU. Look here to find articles, keep you up to date with what is happening at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Ketchum Magazine Fall 2016 Edition Here are just a few of the… Read More ›

OAT Prep »

OAT Reading Comprehension: Preparation Advice from OAT Test Takers

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These are answers to a question a student who is preparing to take the OAT had about how to best prepare for the Reading Comprehension section.  It is taken from SCCO’s Facebook Group for Pre-optometry Students: Question:  So I’m having trouble studying for the reading comprehension section of the OAT.  I understand how to study for all of… 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 »

Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Memorable & Winning Personal Statement

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For all optometry school applicants busy writing personal statements, this article may help. I highly endorse its wisdom. ~ Jane Ann Munroe, O.D., Assistant Dean of Admissions, SCCO Written by Maggie Francisco, Optometry Student, SCCO, Class of 2016 According to Dr. Munroe, the goal of the personal statement is to show the admissions team mainly three… Read More ›

Resources for Pre-Optometry Students »

AOSA Offers Membership to Pre-Optometry Students

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A question I often get from pre-optometry students is, “How can I get more involved with optometry before I actually start optometry school?” The American Optometric Association (AOA) is optometry’s national political organization that works to advance the profession.  Optometry has come a long way in its 110+ year history and that didn’t happen all… Read More ›

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 »

SCCO Students Travel for a SVOSH Humanitarian Trip

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Article from MBKU Campus News, March 31, 2017 A group of four SCCO optometry students, along with faculty member Dr. Corina van de Pol, recently traveled to Mexico for an SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) humanitarian trip. Throughout the week of February 18-25, they held clinics for underprivileged communities in Puerto Vallarta and… Read More ›

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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