Pre-requisite Requirements for SCCO’s Program

Prerequisite requirements for admission to SCCO are based on standards set by the California Optometry Law, the accrediting bodies and the judgment of the Admissions Policy Committee.

To be considered as a candidate for admission to SCCO’s program, a four-year baccalaureate degree is recommended but not required. In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, applicants who complete a minimum of 90 semester or 135 quarter units of undergraduate study will qualify for admission. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must be on track to complete the required units through the summer term that precedes fall matriculation.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the prerequisites will be accepted as long as the appropriate number of credit hours was received. These courses must appear on your official college transcript or in a letter from the registrar.

The following courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution, in the United States or Canada, with a grade of “C-” or better prior to enrollment and are the minimum requirements for all applicants.

Course Semester Units Quarter Units
Calculus (analytic geometry/calculus also acceptable) 3 4
General Biology or Zoology, no lab required 6 9
General Microbiology or Bacteriology, including lab 3 4
Human Anatomy, no lab required 3 4
Human Physiology, no lab required 3 4
General Physics, one year sequence including labs 8 12
General Chemistry, one year sequence including labs 8 12
Organic Chemistry, no lab required 3 4
Biochemistry, no lab required 3 4
Psychology 3 4
English Composition/Literature (writing intensive courses acceptable) 6 8
Statistics 3 4