Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Office of Professional Studies and International Programs

International Optometry Programs

2013 gradautes from Norway

For nearly twenty years, Salus University has delivered education around the world, which has resulted in:

  • Improvement of optometry practice standards
  • International professional harmonization via cooperation with colleges and universities
  • Advancement and improvement of optometric legislation
  • Advancement and improvement of optometry’s role as a primary health care profession

Salus University offers a variety of educational programs and initiatives in response to the needs of international students and ophthalmic practitioners:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Optometry (BSc)

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Optometry is offered to international ophthalmic practitioners to meet the entrance requirements into the Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Optometry degree program. Eligible candidates for this program are practitioners who have completed the pre-requisite ophthalmic education and are licensed, registered or certified to practice as applicable.

The BSc degree in Optometry completion program advances students’ knowledge and skills in optometric care in order to better serve their patients and communities. The program provides foundational knowledge and basic clinical skills applicable to the early detection of conditions that require optometric intervention, referral to another health practitioner, or co-management of the condition in cooperation with an appropriate health care provider. The BSc degree in Optometry completion program features a series of lectures and simulated clinical training conducted outside of the United States in the host country. The course structure and objectives are adjusted as necessary with every prospective student cohort, in order to achieve the overall program objectives.

Master of Science Degree in Clinical Optometry (MSc)

Salus University is the only academic institution in the United States to offer the Master of Science (MSc) degree program in clinical optometry. Eligible candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in optometry or its equivalent and licensure/registration to practice optometry in the host countries as applicable.

The program provides optometrists with education and clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular conditions. It includes a balanced curriculum of basic biomedical and visual sciences; clinical sciences and techniques; controlled patient care; clinical case studies; and a culminating scholarly project.

The program is organized into four (4) integrated modules comprising 33 semester credits. Slight modifications may be made based upon an analysis of the prospective student cohort’s academic credentials. Courses within some modules may contain laboratory hours, controlled patient care hours, case study areas, live instruction and/or research hours.

Hours, courses and credits may vary according to the requirements of the individual student’s country.

Continuing Education Programs for International Ophthalmic Practitioners

PCO has earned a reputation for organizing and presenting continuing and post- graduate clinical education courses for optometric practitioners in countries as close as Canada and as far away as Australia and Singapore. These programs range from short courses to extended, competency-based programs.

For further information regarding programs, contact:
Office of Professional Studies and International Programs at 215.780.1380 or