Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum Education Requirement:
    • International degree in a relevant health care field, beyond that of a 3 or 4 year BSc degree.  Eligible applicants include: MSc, MD, PhD, etc.
    • A World Education Services (WES) course-by-course evaluation is required in order to establish candidacy for the program. The WES evaluation may be waived for the following: 
      • Graduates from Sun Yat-Sen University (2000-present) who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Medicine (Major in Optometry), 5-year program. Transcripts from all academic institutions will be required.
      • Graduates from Salus University's Master of Science in Clinical Optometry degree program (2013 to present). Transcripts from all academic institutions will be required.
  • Completed application, along with a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 (USD), to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume of work experience. 
  • Complete a Personal Goal Statement detailing your professional background, specific area of interest, reasons for choosing the Advanced Placement Optometry degree, and your post-OD career plans.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a representative of a professional organization, professor or employer.  The letter must be written in English or accompanied by a notarized English translation of the document. 
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores meeting the Salus recommended levels, as indicated below: 
    • A recommended score for the TOEFL iBT is 84. A score of 21 is recommended for the speaking section; 21 for the writing section; 21 for the listening section; and 21 for the reading section. Official scores from the Academic IELTS examination will be accepted in substitution for the TOEFL (recommended scores comparable to the TOEFL). The TOEFL (or Academic IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission. 
    • Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from accredited post-secondary institutions in countries where English is the official language and in which English is the language of instruction (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).  The TOEFL (or IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission. 
  • Individuals successfully meeting the required admissions selection criteria may receive an invitation to interview, on campus or via Skype, which provides further insight into the applicant’s character, communication skills and motivation, and allows an applicant the opportunity to speak with faculty members.
  • Review and approval by PCO’s Advanced Placement OD Degree Admissions Committee.

Please note: Part 1 of NBEO required for eligible candidates (no minimum score requirement). The results of this exam will be used solely as a diagnostic tool to help us create an individualized program of study and will not be used as a criterion for admission into the program. Eligible candidates will be sponsored by Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) to take the NBEO Part I.