Application PROCESS AND admissions CRITERIA

All applicants must have completed their undergraduate studies and must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in order to be admitted to a program of studies in the College of Education and Rehabilitation.

Applicants who do not have a graduate degree must have achieved acceptable levels of performance on a national test, such as MAT (Miller Analogies Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), or OAT (Optometry Admission Test). The applicant may choose the test based upon his/her professional preparation and program interest.
Pre-requisite Skills
Due to the nature of the coursework for all of the degree and certificate programs offered in the College, the following prerequisites skills apply:
  • Writing Skills
  • Students engage in various writing activities such as online discussion board postings, examinations, research papers, et cetera, throughout their respective programs. Applicants are expected to demonstrate scholarly writing in their application essays, develop coherent and complete thoughts, and use correct grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
  • Computer Skills
  • The College of Education and Rehabilitation requires graduate students to be computer literate upon entry into their respective programs of study.   Most of the courses are online and require computer skills related to emailing, word processing, uploading and downloading files and assignments, searching the worldwide web, and interacting online among others. 
  • Prior to entering the program, students who lack basic skills in using the computer should complete a basic computer course from a computer education service, a community college, or university.  After entering the program, students needing additional computer assistance can contact the University’s Help Desk ( through the Department of Technology and Library Services. 
  • Master’s degree candidates participate in research courses that may require skills in setting formulas for calculations in spreadsheets or databases and creating graphic representations of data.
Access to Transportation (Orientation and Mobility Programs)
Due to responsibilities required of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialists (e.g., transporting students and clients to appropriate learning environments – and traveling efficiently to, from, and among students and clients), students in the O&M programs must have access to efficient transportation and auxiliary means of transportation.
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, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental 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.
Admissions Procedures
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, degree status and national test scores. One essay and a Statement of Purpose are submitted with the application. The objective criteria are weighed according to recommendations of the College of Education and Rehabilitation Admissions Committee. The weighing of each criterion is privileged information, which is restricted to Admissions Committee members. If an applicant’s academic achievement falls within an acceptable range, the applicant is invited to an interview.
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 essay and Statement of Purpose.
Interview Index
An evaluation of the applicant’s knowledge, interest and motivation to work in the field of vision impairment. The College of Education and Rehabilitation Admissions Committee recommends that each applicant be interviewed by at least one faculty member and the director of the program. 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.
Students may take up to nine credits as non-matriculants before being admitted as a matriculated student. Matriculation status includes admission and completion of a matriculation statement (student data sheet).
For further information regarding individual Blindness and Low Vision programs:
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation Program
      Dr. Duane Geruschat, Co-Director or 215.780.1360
      Ms. Kerry Lueders, Co-Director or 215.780.1366
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation Program
      Ms. Kerry Lueders, Co-Director or 215.780.1366
  • Orientation & Mobility Programs
      Dr. Fabiana Perla, Director or 215.780.1367
      Ms. Jamie Maffit, Coordinator or 215.780.1449

  • Teachers of Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments
      Ms. Kerry Lueders, Interim Director or 215.780.1366
  • Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
      Ms. Lachelle Smith, Director or 215.780.1448

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $50.00, in the form of a check or money order made payable to Salus University, should be mailed to:

Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation
Department of Blindness and Low Vision Programs
8360 Old York Road,
Elkins Park, PA 19027-1516 

Application Checklist

The following important information is for all applicants to the College of Education and Rehabilitation. Please read this carefully before completing the application form.

  • Please send the application form before submitting credentials
  • When corresponding or having correspondence or transcripts sent to Salus University, please be sure to include “College of Education and Rehabilitation" in the address.

Application Items Required for Submission


All applicants are responsible for having official copies of transcripts for every college or university attended sent directly to the Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation, regardless of whether a degree has been received from that particular institution or not. These certified copies of official academic records (transcripts) for all undergraduate and graduate work should be mailed directly to Salus University, College of Education and Rehabilitation, not issued to the student. A transcript stamped “Issued to Student” is not acceptable, even when delivered in a sealed envelope.

International Students
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a Salus University academic program as well as to help ensure patient/client safety and/or effective communication with members of a healthcare team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) examination are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL).
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.

All official college transcripts from foreign countries must be submitted in English to the World Education Services - - for document-by-document evaluation before submission to the Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation Admissions Committee.

National Test Scores

Applicants who do not have a graduate degree, must have official scores of the appropriate national test sent directly to the Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation. Test scores must be no more than seven years old.

  • MAT: The Miller Analogies Test is a mental abilities test consisting of a series of intellectual problems stated in the form of analogies, mostly verbal, which the student must solve. The examination is based on general knowledge, takes 50 minutes, and is administered throughout the country, on a regular basis by local test centers. There is a fee to take this test and it is taken only by appointment. The MAT institution code is 2556.
  • GRE: The Graduate Record Examination is administered through the National Program for Graduate School Selection and the Education Testing Service. The Aptitude Test is a three-and-one-half hour examination measuring general scholastic ability at the graduate level and yielding separate scores for verbal, quantitative and analytic abilities. The GRE is given five times a year and there is a fee to take this test. Score reports take approximately six to eight weeks to reach their destinations; therefore, applicants should allow enough time for test scores to reach the University in time for consideration. The GRE institution code is 2645.
  • OAT: The Optometry Admission Test is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge. All the questions are multiple choice; the sections of the test include verbal ability, quantitative ability, biology, chemistry, physics and reading comprehension. There is a fee to take this test and it is administered twice each year at established testing centers across the U.S.A. and Canada.

Letters of Reference

Applicants should complete the top and bottom portions of each reference report and forward the report to the individual providing the reference.

Applicants should direct the individual to complete the form and send it to:

Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA  19027.
Department fax number: 215.780.1357

Statement of Purpose

Applicants must submit a statement explaining their purpose and motivation in undertaking graduate studies in the selected program. 

Job Resumé/Curriculum Vita

All applicants must submit an educational and job resume (or curriculum vita).  The data should list (in chronological order) the applicant’s education and work experiences, publications, and honors or achievements to date.


Applicants must submit an essay for one of the options provided in the application.

Background Clearances

Applicants to Blindness and Low Vision Studies programs must submit copies of current Child Abuse History, State Police and Federal FBI clearances at the time of application to the program.

To submit an application: 


For more information about the admissions process call 215.780.1360 or email