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This page is exclusively for students entering SCO in August 2020. Listed below is a wealth of information, including many links for the various tasks you must complete. Please note that everything must be completed and submitted no later than August 1. However, some requirements have an earlier deadline so please read carefully. It is highly recommended that you complete your health-related reports as soon as possible.
You cannot submit documents through this website; most will have to be mailed to our office at:
Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
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 for your files. 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.)
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Several of the tasks below will require your Student ID number so it’s best to complete this task first. 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). Just 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. This must be completed by JULY 1!
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.
If you have not yet signed up for your SCO email account, please do so immediately by clicking here. Please, note it may take up to three business days to process. Some of the links below may not work if you don’t have an email account.
Once you know your new Memphis address, please submit the full address and the effective date to [email protected]. Be sure to indicate if you want this to be your “home” and local address or just your local address.
Must be completed by an O.D., and the exam must have occurred within the last 18 months.
This form will take longer than any other form. Do not procrastinate in completing it!
Things to note:
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.
Please email a clear head and shoulders picture of yourself to [email protected]. Neutral backgrounds and jpg, tif or png files required. 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. Selfies can be used as long as they are in good taste.
Please complete this short biographical sketch on your class page in IRIS. Your profile will be published in the Meet the Entering Class book.
You must complete a background check through Certiphi. You should have received an email from [email protected] with instructions on how to complete the process. If you did not receive it, please click here. Note: if you completed a background check through Certiphi for another school, another report is not required. We should be able to download it.
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 2020 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.
We accept official transcripts from a Registrar’s Office by email or US Mail. Emails should be sent to [email protected] Hard copies should be mailed to:
Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
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.
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.
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:
Please complete your DiSC® assessment no later than July 1.
You MUST set up an account USING YOUR SCO EMAIL ADDRESS.
Click here: https://www.ttisurvey.com/392236SME. If the link does not work, please try copying and pasting it in another browser.
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.
PLEASE 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 find it there, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE ASSESSMENT AGAIN, but contact Dr. Lisa Wade, [email protected] for assistance.
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:
“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 prior to registration are:
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, [email protected] for assistance
SCO requires students to have health insurance coverage, whether through your parents’ plan, an individual policy or the school’s plan. For entering students who wish to enroll in the SCO plan, the enrollment period will begin July 1 and end Sept. 14. Coverage will begin on Sept. 1 and run through July 31, 2021.
If you are covered by your parents’ plan, an individual policy, etc., you will need to verify your coverage (instructions below). Please note, you have to pro-actively complete the waiver option or you will automatically be enrolled in SCO’s new plan and charged accordingly.
Please note, that even if you sign up on Sept. 14, you will be charged for the full year. So, if you choose to utilize this plan, it will benefit you to sign up early. If you enroll by Aug. 6, your fee sheet for Fall registration will include your insurance premium charges. If you enroll after Aug. 6th, our Accounting Office will send you a follow-up invoice to pay for your premiums.
Please note that if you turn 26 while enrolled (through the fall semester of your fourth year), or if you lose coverage for any reason, you must sign up for the college plan as soon as possible after the life-changing event.
NOTE: insurance premiums have not yet been approved by the state, and thus, you cannot sign up for insurance at this time. As soon as rates are approved, you will be informed and we will provide a link for signing up or for waiving coverage.
To check the status of your documents, please click here.
You will be given your clinic jacket at the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 28. You can submit your measurements/size at any time here. You can have someone measure you or you may want to stop by a local uniform company to determine which size fits you best. If you will be in Memphis sometime this spring or summer, you can stop by Landau Uniforms (see address below) and tell them you need to be measured for an SCO white coat. Bottom line: this form must be submitted no later than AUGUST 3.
1004 Madison Avenue (just up the street from SCO)
Memphis, TN 38104
901-523-9655 x 101
For any student whose name has changed since acceptance, you must complete the necessary form and provide appropriate documentation (copy of a marriage certificate, court order, etc.) All name changes must be submitted by August 1, and a name change form is available here. Changes submitted after August 1 will not be processed in time for the new name to appear in the White Coat Ceremony program, the Meet the Entering Class book, etc.