In 1904, Dr. Marshall Bidwell Ketchum began a school in Los Angeles
with the humble mission of teaching students how to refract and fit
glasses to help people see better. He founded the third-oldest optometry
school in the nation in the Lankershim Building, located in downtown Los Angeles.
The history of the Southern California College of Optometry didn’t truly begin
when the institution was founded as the Los Angeles School of Ophthalmology
and Optometry in 1904, but rather it began years before as a vision of its
founder, Dr. Marshall B. Ketchum. His vision of eye care came at a time
in history when the profession of optometry was in its infancy and striving
to develop its own identity. He made very significant and long-standing
contributions to the profession not only in California, but in the nation. Without
a doubt, Dr. Marshall B. Ketchum was a visionary, entrepreneur and prominent
leader in the profession.
In 2013, SCCO became part of something bigger – Marshall B. Ketchum
University. In 2018, we will celebrate the first of many milestones – the
University’s fifth birthday. Ketchum University is leading a momentous change in
health care education – a change that breaks down the traditional silos between
different professional programs so students understand, on a comprehensive
level, how to deliver excellent patient care in a team environment.
Dr. Ketchum would be proud. His entrepreneurial spirit is still alive today as
Marshall B. Ketchum University reimagines health care education.
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