Admissions Selection Process

Admission to a program of studies in the University's College of Education and Rehabilitation is based upon the candidate profile of individual applicants.  The candidate profile is comprised of three indices: (1) Academic Achievement, (2) Personal Index and (3) Interview Index.

Academic Achievement

The criteria for evaluating academic achievement consist of grade point averages, major, college or university attended, number of college credits completed and degree status. The objective criteria are weighed according to recommendations of the Blindness and Low Vision Studies Admissions Committee. The weighing of each criterion is privileged information, which is restricted to Admissions Committee members.

Personal Index

These criteria are a subjective measure of an applicant’s acceptability. The index is comprised of letters of reference and extracurricular activities, and the applicant’s Statement of Purpose.

Interview Index

The Blindness and Low Vision Studies Admissions Committee recommends that at least one faculty member and the director of the program evaluate the applicant’s knowledge, interest and motivation to work in the field of vision impairment. Each interviewer provides written information to the Admissions Committee. In-person interviews are preferred; however, telephone interviews can be arranged when necessary.

After the interview, the College of Education and Rehabilitation Admissions Committee evaluates the findings of the candidate profile (academic achievement + personal index + interview index), and makes a recommendation regarding the applicant’s acceptability status. A student’s file must be complete before review by the Admissions Committee. Every effort is made to provide decisions to applicants within two to four weeks of the scheduled interview. The University’s Office of Admissions will send final notification to the applicant, along with information on how to matriculate and reserve a seat in the program.


Salus University, by choice, declares and reaffirms its policy of complying with federal and state legislation and does not in any way discriminate in educational programs, employment, or in-services to the public on the basis of race, color, creed or religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or intellectual disabilities, or veteran status. In addition, the University also complies with federal regulations issued under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Program Directors & Representatives

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Programs
Dr. Fabiana Perla, Chair

Low Vision Rehabilitation Program
Kerry Lueders, Director
Orientation & Mobility Programs

Jamie Maffit, Director
Teachers of Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments
Kerry Lueders, Director

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
Lachelle Smith, Director

Candida Mulligan, BLVS Administrative Assistant and Admissions Officer

To be connected to the Blindness and Low Vision program directors and representatives or for further information regarding individual BLVS programs, please contact the Office of Admissions by email at or by phone at 215-780-1301.