Final Acceptance Page
What's Next?

 

This page is exclusively for students entering SCO in August 2018. Listed below is a wealth of information, including many links for the various tasks you must complete. Please note that everything must be finished no later than August 1. However, some requirements have an earlier deadline so please read carefully. The only exception is for students who are completing prereqs or degree requirements this summer and thus, their transcript may not be ready until a later date.

You cannot submit documents through this website; most will have to be mailed to our office. We do not accept faxes or scans of the Applicant Information, Optometrist’s Health Report or the Immunization Record. Please make copies of all forms that you mail to SCO. There is a link to your Final Acceptance Checklist so you can see what’s missing for final acceptance. (Keep in mind that you will not find things such as automobile registration on the Final Acceptance link.) 


Email
Address Change
Second $500 deposit due by April 30
Optometrist’s Health Report
Immunization Record/Health Report
Applicant Information/Student Health Report
Digital Photo
Meet the Entering Class
Background Check
Transcripts
Automobile Registration
Student ID Number
Fall Registration
DISC 
Class/Lab Supplies
Financial Literacy
Student Health Insurance (Optional)
Final Acceptance Checklist 
White Coat Measurements 


Email 

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If you have not yet signed up for your SCO email account, please do so immediately by clicking hereSome of the links below may not work if you don’t have an email account.


Address Change 

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Once you know your new Memphis address, please submit the full address and the effective date to admissions@sco.edu.  Be sure to indicate if you want this to be your “home” and local address or just your local address. 


Second $500 deposit due by April 30

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You can submit your second deposit by credit card here. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail a $500 check (with your name on it somewhere) to:

Southern College of Optometry
Admissions Office
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104


Optometrist’s Health Report (download)

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Must be completed by an O.D., and the exam must have occurred within the last 18 months.


Immunization Record/Health Report (download)

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This form will take longer than any other form. Do not procrastinate in completing it!

Things to note:

  • Don’t forget to sign the form in Part I!
  • Pay close attention to all dates, e.g., Tetanus/Diptheria shot must have been within the last 10 years and the PPD test for Tuberculosis must have been within the last 12 months.
  • The Hep B Series takes six months. It is imperative that you complete the series by the time school starts!
  • If you have not had chicken pox (varicella) and you have not been vaccinated, you must receive two shots; if you have had chicken pox, but your healthcare professional cannot verify such, you can have a serology and attach the results or you can get two shots and verify such on the form.
  • Please ensure that your healthcare professional indicates “yes” or “no” on Part III and that she/he signs the form. 


Applicant Information/Student Health Report (download)

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Please note that this form must be notarized! Do not sign the form until you are in the presence of a Notary Public.

Also—this is the form where you will indicate if you have any disabilities (physical or learning) and if you will be requesting accommodations for such. Please submit the request by June 1.


Digital Photo

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Please email a clear head and shoulders picture of yourself to admissions@sco.edu. Neutral backgrounds and jpg files preferred. No one else should be in the picture with you. This does not have to be a formal picture at all, but remember…this picture will be printed in the Meet the Entering Class book that is distributed to faculty and staff as well as to fellow students.


Meet the Entering Class

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Please complete this short biographical sketch on your class page in IRIS. Your profile will be published in the Meet the Entering Class book. 


Background Check

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You must complete a background check through Certiphi. You should have received an email from studentedition@certiphi.com with instructions on how to complete the process. If you do not have that email, please let us know, and we will forward it. 


Transcripts

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If the transcript documenting completion of your Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree was submitted to OptomCAS at some point, we should be able to download it, and you will not need to re-submit.

If your Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree was completed after your interview and you did not submit the transcript to OptomCAS, you must have the Registrar’s office at that school send us an official transcript.

If you completed any prereqs or any coursework during the spring or summer 2018 terms, an official transcript must be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the Registrar’s Office where the coursework was completed.

If you are taking summer courses that will not be completed until August, please contact the Director of Admissions to discuss your situation. 


Automobile Registration

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If you will have an automobile on campus, you must register it here. If you will be obtaining a new car before school starts, please wait until you have that automobile before completing this process. 

NOTE: if you attempt to complete this form from your phone, be sure that pop-up blockers are turned off.


Student ID Number

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At SCO, your student ID number is also your OE Tracker Number that you will use for all correspondence and test registration with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). As such, you need to go to the NBEO website and complete the simple registration process. Instructions are listed below. There’s no need to send us your number once you receive it, as we will be able to download the entire list. Please complete this by JULY 15.

  1. Go to NBEO
  2. Click on “Registration”
  3. Click on “Create User Account”
  4. Complete the brief form
  5. For “Graduation Year,” click on 2022
  6. When finished, you will get a message indicating “Registered Successfully”. 

Store your ID number where you won’t lose it! You will need it quite often over the next four years. Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Fall Registration

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The largest component of registration at SCO is providing the Accounting Department with your checking account information. We need this information so that we can electronically deposit any refunds you may receive from your loans and for depositing any applicable Work-Study checks, reimbursements, etc. All students must complete this regardless of whether or not you are receiving loans or Work-Study payments. If you move/change your checking account after completing this survey, you must inform the Accounting Department ASAP. Click here to submit your checking account information. 


DISC

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One of the innovative programs SCO provides each of its students to improve their self-awareness for personal and professional development is completing a DiSC® Behavioral Assessment and using the outcomes to guide students through a variety of opportunities to increase their self-knowledge, perform goal setting, improve their patient communication skills, and guide their development as leaders and managers for the successful operation of their practice. What is DiSC ®? It is the leading personal assessment tool used by over 1 million people every year to improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication. It provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors to successfully interact with others. This can be within a work team, a leadership position, or other relationships.

The DISC Behavioral Survey is used in a wide variety of settings, including business, education, coaching, and counseling. Primary applications include:

  • Strengthening communication skills
  • Building leadership abilities
  • Diffusing interpersonal conflict
  • Choosing attainable goals
  • Boosting performance and productivity
  • Increasing motivation
  • Strengthening workplace skills
  • Constructing strong teams
  • Cultivating productive work or study habits

Please complete your DiSC® assessment no later than July 15. Click here: https://www.ttisurvey.com/343212PHN

You will set up an account USING YOUR SCO EMAIL ADDRESS. 

The survey should take less than 20 minutes, and you will receive your individual DiSC® report in your SCO email approximately 30 minutes after completion.

ONLY TAKE THE ASSESSMENT ONE TIME!

If you do not receive an email with your assessment within one hour, please check your spam and clutter filters.  

If you do not receive the report, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE ASSESSMENT AGAIN, but contact Dr. Lisa Wade, lwade@sco.edu for assistance.


Class/Lab Supplies

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Below is a list of supplies you will need for your first semester.  Of course, these are available at the SCO Bookstore or other retail outlets, but you may already have them and can save a little money by bringing them with you:

  • For Optics, a TI-30 series calculator is required. It can be any calculator in this series (for example, TI-30xa, TI-34, etc.); they cost about $20.  These calculators will be used for all tests and quizzes.  No smartphones or other calculators may be used.
  • A Bic multicolor pen (black, blue, green, and red) or colored pencils.
  • Clipboard for Theory and Methods.
  • Padlock for your locker (Please bring to Orientation on THURSDAY, as you will pick up books and equipment that day. Locks are also available for purchase in the Bookstore.)
  • Black pens (non-erasable).
  • Many courses no longer have hard copy handouts, but at least a couple still do so you may want some three-ring binders for course packs. Two-inch binders should suffice.  OR you can utilize the plastic binding machine in our Communications Dept. on the 9th floor.  There is no charge, but you must complete the binding yourself. 

 

Financial Literacy 

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“Financial Literacy,” is key to achieving your dreams in the practice of optometry. Because the financial decisions you make today have such a lasting impact on your future and your career options, the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence (HCPE) at SCO has partnered with Regions Bank  to provide you with an engaging, online resource using video, animations and interactive activities to bring complex financial concepts/decisions to life. This online curriculum, developed by EverFi, will be used throughout your time at SCO, with various modules assigned for completion at different times.

The first four modules are to be completed and a passing grade achieved on the individual assessments prior to your arrival on campus.

The modules for completion are:

  • Financing Higher Education
  • Identity Protection
  • Credit Scores & Reports
  • Budgeting Tool

You will access these modules by clicking https://atwork.everfi.net/scofinancial/login. Then clicking the button to REGISTER.

Set up your account USING YOUR SCO EMAIL ADDRESS and a password of your choosing. This allows us to monitor your progress through the curriculum.

Be aware that you will NOT receive an email/notification of completion of the individual modules. Notice is provided in the upper left-hand corner of the program screen to help you keep track of the number of modules completed.

You will have immediate access to all the modules in the curriculum and are welcome to take any and all additional modules that you might find helpful at any time.

If you need assistance, please contact Dr. Lisa Wade, lwade@sco.edu for assistance

 

Student Health Insurance (Optional)

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While SCO does not require students to have health insurance, we do offer an optional student health insurance plan. To read about it, click here and then look under “Documents.” 

 

Final Acceptance Checklist 

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To check the status of your documents, please click here

 

White Coat Measurements 

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You will be given your clinic jacket at the White Coat Ceremony on August 24. If you attended the Housing Fair and were measured there, then, you are in good shape. If you were unable to attend the fair, but will be in Memphis sometime before August 4, you can stop by Landau Uniforms and tell them you need to be measured for an SCO white coat. 

Landau Uniforms 
1004 Madison Avenue (just up the street from SCO) 

Memphis, TN 38104
901-523-9655 x 101

If you will not be in Memphis until after August 4, you can email your size to Donna Carrico at Donna.Carrico@landau.com.  Be sure to give your full name, an alpha size (S, M, L, etc.) and if you are a female, include a numeric size (2, 4, 6, etc.).