For the first time EVER the University President, SCCO’s Dean, faculty, alumni and students are coming together to help prospective students prepare to be competitive applicants. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the admissions process, the program, and the people who make MBKU the best place […]
Spend some time with us this summer as you are getting ready to apply, finishing up coursework, or gathering information about optometry as a potential profession! Our summer events are designed to keep you in the know! We have a fresh newsletter for July, packed with everything you […]
The admissions process can seem daunting. This article aims to help you understand SCCO’s admissions process a little better! Rolling Admissions Rolling admissions means that applications are processed as they are received. With rolling admissions, submitting your application early maximizes your chances for success because there are sure […]
Presentations designed for all interest levels: from pre-health students interested in optometry to the pre-optometry student who is ready to apply. Read the descriptions below and attend as many as you like! SCHEDULE: June 7: Admissions Process Overview + Q&A with an admissions officer June 14: Chat with […]
It can be said that a gap year offers a great opportunity to gain experiences, save money, and have time to refine your application. However, because I was eager to start optometry school and felt like I made the most of my undergraduate years, I opted not to take that gap year. I had enjoyed my undergrad experience fully, I took every opportunity to be involved in variety of experiences by graduation. To not take that gap year was a personal choice for me that also meant finding ways to balance the OAT and application while still taking courses and finishing up my undergrad degree.
Before entering optometry school and after finishing undergrad, I took three years to “test out” optometry.
Deciding to attend optometry school can be a big decision to make, and I wanted to ensure that it was something I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to. I worked full time in private practice to gain some preliminary skills which had the bonus of giving me incredible insights into the field. I also wanted a reset after finishing my undergraduate education. This time allowed me to rediscover some old hobbies like reading and cooking, and also to do some traveling. However, getting back into the swing of school, specifically optometry school, with a rigorous schedule was initially daunting.
Another in a continuing video series featuring SCCO faculty who teach 1st year optometry students, get to know Dr. Catherine Heyman and hear her advice for incoming students.
Dr. Jane Ann Munroe, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Southern California College of Optometry is honored by Marshall B. Ketchum University for her service.
Taking a gap year was the best decision I’ve made during my application process. Instead of rushing to fit a certain timeline, I decided to take a mental break from school and spend more time expanding my patient care experience. This extra time before optometry school helped me become a better prepared and more confident applicant when completing my applications.
I applied to optometry school as an out-of-state student during the summer of 2020, right in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, unfortunately I was unable to visit the optometry schools I applied to; however, I still managed to pick the school that fit me best, and here’s how I did it!