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Salus by the Decade

1910s

The Pennsylvania State College of Optometry (PSCO) opens its doors on October 6, 1919 at 1809 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.

1920s

In June 1922, the first class of 26 optometrists graduated at the very first Commencement Exercises held at the Academy of Music located at 240 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia.

1930s

PSCO’s growth requires a move to a large, 32-acre campus in the Oak Lane section of Philadelphia in 1932. The Spring Garden Street building is used solely as a clinical facility.

1940s

Lawrence Fitch, OD ‘36, son of Albert Fitch, becomes the College’s dean in 1949. PSCO entrance requirements are raised to include one year of pre-optometric college credits.

1950s

PSCO is the first independent healthcare school of any kind to be recognized by a regional accrediting body - PSCO obtains accreditation from the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

1960s

Dr. Albert Fitch dies and his son, Dr. Lawrence Fitch, ’36 becomes the second president of PSCO. His legacy includes an exceptional time of growth and new construction.

1970s

The Eye Institute (TEI), PCO’s main clinical facility, opens and is the first comprehensive, inter-disciplinary clinical facility of its kind for both patients and education.

1980s

In 1983, PCO is the first institution in the country to offer a graduate degree and certificate program in Vision Rehabilitation. That new degree program - and the three others that follow – means that PCO is no longer a single-purpose institution.

1990s

In 1998, the College moves to an 11.5 acre main campus in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park – the campus is located less than three and a half miles from The Eye Institute, which remains as the Oak Lane campus today.

2000s

On July 1, 2008, Pennsylvania College of Optometry establishes Salus University

2010s

The Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program welcomes its inaugural class of students and the Speech-Language Institute opens for client care in the summer of 2015.

Centennial Special Events

Gala

Centennial Gala

Save the date for our Centennial Gala on April 27, 2019 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing.

6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.