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Like other healthcare professions, optometry requires planning and preparation in order to succeed. Prospective optometry students are encouraged to explore the admissions process by reviewing each of the steps outlined on this site, including the admissions overview, how to become a competitive applicant, deadlines for submitting an application, the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) and other important information you will need.
Prospective students are also encouraged to learn all they can about optometry in advance of applying to attend Southern College of Optometry. Talking or visiting with your local optometrist is a good idea; some optometrists may allow you to job shadow them to learn more about optometry. Your level of exposure and interest in optometry will be important in the admissions process. Above all, the Student Services staff at SCO can assist you with questions you have as you prepare to start your first step on the road to becoming an optometrist.
If you are looking for additional information on how SCO reviews your academic information, how to better understand the SCO application process, required prerequisite courses or how to become a more competitive applicant, the website offers all the necessary resources you need.
SCO wants to provide you quality information that guides you through the application process and makes you a more attractive candidate. To learn more, visit the Admissions page.
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SCO actively endeavors to provide students with the scholarships and financial aid strategies they need to succeed. The college offers institutional and donor-established scholarships as well as other awards presented to students throughout the four-year program.
Once accepted, SCO’s Financial Aid Office works with students to secure other funding sources, administer the Federal Work Study program and assist with financial planning.
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SCO takes satisfaction knowing that its students perform well above the national average in National Board passage rates. Despite the impressive results and data, SCO continually strives to create a curriculum that not only prepares its students for the National Board but also for their professional careers.