Before enrolling at Southern College of Optometry, you must complete at least 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours at an accredited undergraduate institution. You can apply to SCO after two full years of undergraduate work if you are eligible to continue at the last school you attended.
Candidates must complete all prerequisite courses prior to enrollment at SCO. You may apply while you are in the process of completing the required courses. Outstanding prerequisite courses will not hinder the interview selection process.
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Preference will be given to applicants with baccalaureate or higher degrees. All applicants must be in good academic standing.
Because the science prerequisite courses provide a significant foundation for the Southern College of Optometry curriculum, as well as the OAT, students who have not been enrolled in any science courses or as a full-time student for two years or longer are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office to discuss their situation.
The college accepts credits for prerequisites that are completed online as long as the courses are offered by a regionally accredited college or university. However, it is recommended that all science prerequisites be completed in a classroom setting.
If an applicant must take an online science course, it is strongly recommended that the laboratory component be in a physical lab and not a virtual lab. Please contact the Admissions Office with questions as to whether an online course is an advisable option.
Advanced Placement (AP) and/or CLEP credit is acceptable if documentation is provided on the undergraduate transcript or through official score reports. However, the admissions committee may recommend/require additional science coursework covering the AP or CLEP credit based upon overall academic performance and/or OAT scores. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions regarding AP or CLEP credits.
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