Southern College of OptometryMemphis, TN
1245 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2211
Southern College of Optometry (SCO) is a private optometry school in Memphis, Tennessee. It is one of only 22 schools of optometry in the United States and is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. SCO was founded in 1932 and has an enrollment of over 500 students. The college offers a four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree as well as a two-year Master of Science in Vision Science (MSVS) degree.
The curriculum at SCO emphasizes the clinical aspects of optometry and prepares students for a career in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. The first two years of the OD program are focused on didactic coursework, while the last two years are spent completing clinical rotations. SCO has a state-of-the-art facility that includes a full-service eye clinic, vision rehabilitation center, and on-campus housing.
SCO is committed to providing its students with a well-rounded education and offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including student organizations, intramural sports, and service opportunities. The college also has a strong commitment to research and offers several research fellowships to its students.
Graduates of SCO are prepared to enter the workforce as competent and compassionate eye care professionals. They are prepared to sit for the national board exams and are eligible to apply for licensure in all 50 states. SCO graduates have a strong track record of success and are highly sought-after by employers.
Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Main Website: https://www.sco.edu/
Financial Aid: https://www.sco.edu/financial-aid
Admission RequirementsSouthern College of Optometry (SCO) is a nationally recognized leader in optometric education. Founded in 1932, SCO is committed to preparing highly competent, ethical optometrists who are dedicated to excellence in patient care and who contribute to the profession and society. SCO offers a four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive primary eye care. In addition to didactic coursework, students participate in laboratory, clinical, and externship experiences.
To be eligible for admission to SCO, applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have taken the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission, although a higher GPA may be necessary for competitive applicants. Applicants are also required to submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.
Once admitted, students must complete a series of prerequisite courses prior to beginning the professional OD program. These courses include English, mathematics, general and organic chemistry, physics, and statistics. Students must also complete an Introductory Optometry course prior to beginning the professional OD program.
The professional OD program at SCO consists of four years of study. The first two years are primarily devoted to didactic coursework, while the last two years focus primarily on clinical experiences. Students must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours of didactic coursework and a minimum of 1,280 hours of clinical experience prior to graduation.
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- Doctor's degree-professional practice
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