Residency Programs
at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Anticipated Joint Program Offering

Residency Program in Primary Care/Masters of Science Degree Program in Biomedicine

With the approval of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University is anticipating the launch of a joint Residency Program in Primary Care/Master of Science Degree in Biomedicine program in July 2014. 

Candidates for this two year joint program will be Doctors of Optometry who are committed not only to expanding their clinical expertise and experience, but who are also interested in acquiring additional credentials in biomedical research in their pursuit of developing new science, equipment, pharmaceuticals, procedures, or products that assist in the management of various conditions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduation from an ACOE accredited optometry school
  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout the Doctor of Optometry degree program
  • Eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to the start of the program (July 1, 2014)

Design of the Joint Program

  • The Master of Science degree program curriculum is expected to be 24 months in length, with an additional 12 months for the writing and defense of the thesis.  Most of the coursework will be web-based
  • The Residency in Primary Care Optometry will occur half-time over 24 months at The Eye Institute of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Candidates must write a publishable paper related to the master of science degree research
  • Candidates must present at Grand Rounds and participate in all clinical and didactic responsibilities associated with the residency program, including on-call assignments
  • Candidates must achieve an acceptable level of performance in all clinical rotations

Application Process

  • Complete on-line the application via ORMatch
  • Submit official academic transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate college or university work
  • Submit current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate and his/her interest and accomplishments in research
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the clinical performance of the candidate
  • Submit no more than a three page, single-spaced narrative on his/her career goals
  • Submit current NBEO scores

Note:  For logistical reasons, two candidates must be matched for this program.  If only one candidate matches, he or she will be offered a position in the traditional Primary Care Residency program.