Eolus1 said:I have applied to both SCCO and Pacific University and got accepted to both schools. Now I have the tough decision of deciding which school? Does anyone believe one school is better than the other? I am leaning towards SCCO.
Hey dont take it personally, I really liked the school. For me, a resident of Texas, I would pay 60K more if I went to Pacific. Also 21 point exams take 2 hours each (I heard this from a student when I interviewed) so in an eight hour day you can only see 4 patients. Also, since Im guessing you go there, why does Pacific do 21 point exams??? no other optometry school does, but Im sure Pacific has a good reason.docvisionX said:Well, I don't think you'll be seeing PATENTS on too many days, but you'll probably be seeing patients--and a bundle more than 4. I'm not sure where you're coming up with those numbers Pacific is exactly what rpames said. They are extremely student oriented and their docs are primed for the real world. As for what you say about the cost, that doesn't make much since either. Pacific is no more expensive than most of the schools out there. State schools are nice--if you're a resident in that state. Plus, some people qualify for WICHE, which is verrryy nice. I qualified for this and will be at Pacific this fall. Pacific is the real deal and I'm looking forward to starting.
Don't knock the 21 point exam. Its not pointless, rather, it allows you to look at "vision" rather than eye-sight. Anyone can be a refraction jockey it takes skill and insight to look at "vision" and its impact on a patient's life.Kristene9 said:Does anyone know why Pacific is the only school to still have the 21point exam? To me this exam seems pointless and also because it only allows you to see 4 patients a day, wouldnt it hinder you in your clinical experience?? Also can anyone justify spending 60K more at pacific (at the end of 4 years) rather than going to a state school??
I really liked Pacific, but these are the reasons I'm consitering other places.
congratulations on your acceptance. see you in august.HYCW said:Also wanted to point out that Pacific is strong in sports vision, what with Nike in the same town. When I went for my interview, they had a lab set up for testing new contact lenses for golfers. Pretty cool.
I interviewed at both Pacific and SCCO and got into both. Both schools had friendly students and very welcoming faculty/staff (Pacific in particular seemed to go out of their way to get to know you). But in the end, to me, SCCO wins overall because of their awesome new clinic, hard-to-beat externship list and their location (I just couldn't see myself in Forest Grove!). However, I think either school would give a great education.