Meeting Minutes 9/11/2018

This was our first meeting of the semester and Sunnie Ewing from Southern College of Optometry came to present to us.

Southern College of Optometry (SCO) is a stand alone optometry school in Memphis, TN. They have:

  • 100% Board passage rate
  • Summer research program
  • Known for clinical program – largest optometric center in the country
    • Offsite clinic called Focal Point (boutique setting)
    • UEC at University of Memphis
    • MobileEYES bus
  • Regional tuition options for certain states
    • Scholarships range from $1,000-$20,000 per year
  • Students see approximately 3,000 patients before graduating
    • Start clinic 2nd year and 3rd year – 4th year is completely clinical
    • Over 100 extern sites for 4th year
  • Student organizations – 20+ (AOSA, SVOSH, etc)
    • State day – reps from different states come to learn about legislation and make connections
    • Travel grants available for national conferences
  • Hayes Center for Practice Excellence – work with students’ individual goals
  • Memphis
    • Mud Island
    • Music
    • Food
  • Prerequisites
    • No specific major requirements
    • Can be accepted without a bachelors degree
  • OptomCAS
    • Apply early
    • Recommendation letters, supplemental, OAT
    • Verified application, invited for interview
      • Closed-file session with faculty, open-file session with Admissions Office
      • Tour of facilities, lunch with financial aid session
      • Shadow at least 45 hours, different modes of practices

Thank you to Sunnie for coming to talk to us about SCO!