In light of a new academic year, I would like to take the time to welcome the University’s newest group of students. Here, we change lives. Salus embodies the nearly 100-year history of our founding college, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry
. From our establishment as a University in 2008 through today, Salus University’s mission has always focused on advancing integrated healthcare through innovative education, research and clinical services. Thus, we have set the standard for health, education, and rehabilitation professionals, advancing their scope of practice and maintaining and continually expanding our focus on excellence in academics, while acquiring a distinguished record of firsts.
We have made significant investments in our educational infrastructure for incoming students to enjoy, which include a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center
and Optometric Clinical Procedures Lab
. The new lab also includes a virtual reality lab
and training for electronic medical records. We are very proud to have a primary care clinical facility housed at The Eye Institute, furthering our dedication to holistic patient care. Our commitment to preparing highly skilled professionals ensures the University consistently provides the highest level of education for all of our specialties, positioning our students and graduates as future leaders and state-of-the-art providers who will be at the forefront of their professions.
Student education within each of the University’s four colleges speaks to the many aspects of this century’s growing need to fully embrace the concept of disease prevention and the management of chronic illnesses by promoting health and well-being throughout society. Our innovative curriculum offers broad-based, interdisciplinary clinical education, presenting our students with a wide range of challenging primary care opportunities. Well-known for our excellent clinical education, our commitment to clinical training presented early in each program has provided an advantage for students when externship placements begin.
The future of health professions is dynamic. Advancements in technology, unimaginable in the past, have become standard practice today. Changes in the nation’s healthcare delivery system are significantly altering every facet of our diversified medical fields. Our mission concentrates on innovation and integration of essential health resources. We not only keep pace with the rapidly expanding areas of healthcare delivery, we also work to set national trends and standards by being the leader in educating top healthcare professionals.
Our success as an institution derives from combining bright, motivated students like those of you joining us this week with outstanding, world-class faculty, excellent facilities and creative, diverse learning opportunities. Joining us at Salus University indicates a desire to enter a profession currently experiencing unprecedented growth and development. The challenges will be great, but the rewards will be many.
Michael H. Mittelman, OD ’80, MPH