During the month of May and into early June, Salus University completed six new articulation agreements with three local colleges and universities - Messiah College, Drexel University College of Medicine, and La Roche College. The new agreements provide a clear indication that Salus continues to expand as it celebrates its ten years of University status and upcoming 100 years since the establishment of its founding college, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO).
An articulation agreement is a formal partnership between two or more colleges and universities that provides an academic pathway for a student to receive one or more degrees. As an articulation agreement bridges two academics programs together, it is often appealing to a student as it typically guarantees an interview or a seat into graduate and professional school, or allows them to take a year off of their undergraduate program which in turn cuts down on tuition costs, provided that the requirements set forth in the agreement are met by the student. Salus has over 40 articulation agreements
in total across the programs of Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, and Physician Assistant. The majority of the agreements Salus has with other institutions guarantee an interview.
Salus + Messiah College
Salus entered into three different articulation agreements with Messiah College
: a 4 + 4 (four years undergraduate plus four years doctorate) Doctor of Optometry Degree Program, a 4 + 2 (four years undergraduate plus two years graduate) Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science Degree Program, and 4+4 (four years undergraduate and four years doctorate) Doctor of Audiology Degree Program.
Messiah College - a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences - enrolls more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.
Salus + Drexel University College of Medicine
Two new articulation agreements were forged with Drexel University College of Medicine Interdisciplinary Health Science
: Post-Baccalaureate + Doctor of Optometry Degree Program and Post-Baccalaureate + Doctor of Audiology Degree Program.
Drexel University College of Medicine is the successor to two historic medical schools: Hahnemann Medical College (founded in 1848) and the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1850), the first medical school in the world for women. Today, with more than 1,000 medical students and nearly 800 graduate students, the College offers some of the most innovative and rigorous academic programs available, incorporating the University’s expertise in engineering and technology into traditional medical training. The College of Medicine is home to one of the nation’s leading centers for spinal cord research; one of the foremost centers for malaria study; and a highly regarded HIV/AIDS program with extensive NIH-funded research in prevention and therapeutic interventions. Drexel University College of Medicine is highly respected in numerous other specialties including the neurosciences.
Salus + La Roche College
The agreement with La Roche College
is for 3 + 4 (three years undergraduate plus four years doctoral) Doctor of Optometry Degree Program.
La Roche College is a private, Catholic co-educational college north of Pittsburgh, Pa., founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s students. La Roche combines a quality of educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being, and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.
The new articulation agreements are a welcome addition to those already established
with Salus and other schools. “We are excited to be partnering with each institution, as these agreements provide a great opportunity for prospective students interested in the health professions to enter into academic programs that will enable them to reach their professional goals,” said Monica Maisto, MS, director of Admissions for Salus University. “We look forward to building strong relationships with the faculty advisors at our partner institutions in order to remain committed to the education and training of future healthcare practitioners.