What You Should Know — Optometry Admissions and SCCO

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

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 re-evaluation of all our pre-requisite requirements.

The final outcome are the changes listed below, which have been made effective in time for the upcoming admissions cycle—changes that  may affect your own timeline for when you would be eligible to apply.

Changes to SCCO’s prerequisite requirements for the upcoming 2017-18 admissions cycle and going forward:
  • Requirement for human anatomy and physiology labs has been eliminated (lecture courses are still required for both subjects)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits will be accepted for all prerequisite courses, as long as the required amount of units was completed
  • Letters of recommendation (LORs) are now optional
  • Bachelor’s degree is recommended but no longer required:  in lieu of a bachelor’s degree, 90 semester or 135 quarter units are required and may be completed through the summer term that precedes fall matriculation into SCCO’s program
  • Last date to take the OAT is April 1
  • Last date to submit your application through OptomCAS is April 1

Read more about SCCO’s admissions process on our website.


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