Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Traditional Program

The Traditional Program for the Doctor of Optometry degree at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry follows a legacy that began in 1919, when PCO created a four year degree program that set the standard for all other institutions of optometry that exists today.

Today a 45 month program, the Traditional Program offers PCO students a cohort curriculum with ten overlapping education modules and includes the early clinical experience and 16 month externships for which the College is recognized. Other features of this program include small group learning experiences, traditional semester breaks and an integrated curriculum, where what you learn in the classroom is practiced in the labs and applied to actual patients under the guidance and supervision of faculty.

The Traditional Program can be supplemented with advanced studies courses and/or a residency program. Qualified students gain additional expertise in distinct areas beyond entry to practice.

The Traditional Program is one of two pathways to a Doctor of Optometry degree at PCO. Each offers our innovative biomedical based curriculum as was as the early and extensive clinical education for which we are recognized.

Students in the Doctor of Optometry program.