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Admission to Residency Programs

Southern College of Optometry's campus-based residency programs and residency-affiliated Veterans Affairs Medical Centers have a COVID Vaccination mandate. Applicants must comply. 


​​​The Southern College of Optometry Residency Director reviews all applicants being considered for admission.

2021-22 Residency Applications will be welcome prior to NBEO score release.  Accepted residents must be eligible for a state optometric license by the program's start date. 

The applicant must:

  • have earned the Doctor of Optometry degree by the time of matriculation from a school or college of optometry accredited by the  Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average in the optometry professional curriculum as specified in the Program Description
  • apply at ORMatch and furnish all required application documentation (NBEO transcript, CV, cover letter, optometry transcript, 3 letters of recommendation)
  • take and pass all parts of the National Board Examinations and submit the results of those examinations
  • must be eligible for optometric state licensure
  • have an interview with the supervisor of the program
  • Residency applications shall be evaluated without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, or disabilities
The application deadline for SCO residencies is January 30.