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I felt the school did a great job of making sure we had the basic clinical skills mastered...externs prepared me well for private practice and enhanced my business skills. - Class of 2015 graduate
SCO also monitors the success of its students after graduation. Beginning in 2013, SCO instituted a systematic approach to monitoring the career modalities and satisfaction of its graduates. Using this data as benchmarks and based on those graduates and alumni who respond to the surveys, SCO’s goals are that 60% of graduating 4th year students report having a position by graduation and 80% of alumni report having a position within 6 months of graduation.
SCO provides career planning services through the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence to students beginning as early as their first professional year. SCO defines positive placement as a position in optometry through a variety of settings such as the military, private practice, and hospital settings; residencies to expand their clinical skills; and further graduate education. The results below include the graduates who chose residencies (see below for a description) as their first year of employment.