What You Should Know — Optometry Admissions and SCCO

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Meet the professionals and staff from MBKU’s campus community. Especially helpful to applicants are faculty bios and how they go about the interview process.

I Chose SCCO

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December 15, 2016

“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.”‘

Practicing Goodwill: John Larcabal, OD, Assistant Professor

This article features alumnus Class of 1988, John Larcabal, OD. Since 1993, Dr. Larcabal has served our campus community as an Assistant Professor teaching Practice Management, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic. He has a heart for service… Alumni Stories from Ketchum Magazine John Larcabal didn’t necessarily have optometry in mind as a profession when… Read More ›

MBKU’s Dr. Tim Edrington Receives AOA Contact Lens/Cornea Achievement Award

Yes, I’m shamelessly horn-tooting! Our own Dr. Tim Edrington, a favorite of students, has won an award for contributions he has made to the field of cornea/cornea contact lens. He first joined SCCO in 1978. He served this last year on the Admissions Policy Committee where I got to know him even better. He does… Read More ›

First Year Students Reflect: Cynthia Palma and Michael Jitosho

Two students who have just finished up their first year and have taken the time to pause and reflect on the experience. Cynthia Palma completed her bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly Pomona and Michael Jitosho completed his at UC San Diego. Both have taken this time to write from their perspective after just completing a… Read More ›

Faces of SCCO: Meet Dr. Susan Cotter

Susan Cotter, O.D., M.S., FAAO, is a professor and clinician scientist at the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University, where she teaches as both a classroom and clinical educator, and she also performs clinical research. After training at the Illinois College of Optometry, she joined SCCO in 1997 and has since… Read More ›

“You’re Not in Kansas Anymore!” Jenn Cordell, Class of 2017

by Jennifer Cordell,  Class of 2017 1st article in a series… Every applicant has an essay question that they absolutely loathe.  It’s a question that you see other kids answer with responses that are witty, emotional, and so well written that you know that anything you try to write will be immediately put to shame.  The essay question… Read More ›

Pre-Optometry Students Inspired by Low Vision Rehab Assistant Professor, Wayne Heidle

Last Saturday, 36 students from 3 different university pre-optometry clubs (UCI, UCSD, and CSUF) gathered at Marshall B. Ketchum University to learn about SCCO and its optometry program—especially its clinical facilities. Like any other campus visit designed for a pre-optometry club, they toured the campus, heard lectures about the school, received tips from faculty about… Read More ›

Journey to Optometry School: A Successful Applicant’s Blog

Just two years ago, members of SCCO’s Class of 2016 (currently 2nd year students) were in your situation: writing essays, studying for the OAT, stressing out, waiting to hear back about their applications, heading out for interviews, etc.  One student, Katelyn Powers, decided to chronicle her experiences in her blog, PowerKat Adventures. Here you can find… Read More ›

Faces of SCCO: Meet Dr. Raman Bhakhri

Faces of SCCO is a series featuring various members of SCCO’s campus community. Meet Dr.Raman Bhakhri who joined SCCO in 2012. He is an assistant professor in low vision and ocular disease. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from… Read More ›

Faces of SCCO: Meet Dr. Julie Schornack

Faces of SCCO is a series featuring various members of SCCO’s campus community. Meet Dr. Julie Schornack, Vice President and Dean of Clinical Affairs.  She is also an associate professor.  Dr. Schornack joined SCCO in 1986.  She grew up in Chicago and earned her B.S. and B.A. degrees from Loyola University.  She earned her O.D. degree… Read More ›

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