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Southern College of Optometry’s students consistently outscore the national average in board scores and graduation rates. The college is committed to academic excellence and cutting-edge clinical training. Students and faculty enjoy the opportunity to learn and practice optometry in The Eye Center, one of the largest and most clinically advanced vision and eye care centers in the country.
Founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1932, SCO’s influence knows no boundaries. Our students represent a large cross-section of demographics and regional areas of our nation. Our alumni live and practice in all 50 states and abroad. Many of our faculty received their optometric education at other schools and colleges of optometry but chose to teach and practice at SCO.
SCO and its clinical presence also have meaning for the greater Memphis community. More than 60,000 patient encounters are recorded each year at The Eye Center. These patients rely upon quality vision care overseen by nearly 60 faculty members. Our students benefit from hands-on learning as they accompany faculty on community outreach initiatives at school vision screenings and regional health care settings. SCO students even travel abroad to take eye care to those in need around the globe.
Whether you’re a prospective student, faculty or staff member, a local patient needing vision care, or just an interested visitor to the SCO web site, we invite you to explore and learn more about Southern College of Optometry. Video clips can be found in appropriate areas to allow you to see and hear the sights and sounds of our campus and facilities.
Southern College of Optometry embraces the idea that optometry is a service-oriented profession, so we’re here to answer your questions or provide the service that you need.