Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Traditional Program

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Application Process

The processing of applications by OptomCAS begins July 1, one year prior to the year of desired enrollment. Applications received on or before March 31 of the year of desired enrollment are given priority consideration.

  • Student application reviews begin August 1
  • Interviews are scheduled and initiated, beginning September 1 
  • Candidates meeting the requirements are admitted on a weekly basis until class capacity is reached 

It is to a student’s advantage to apply as early as possible to ensure full consideration for admission.

Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS):

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University has joined other colleges of optometry by accepting applications ONLY through the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) OptomCAS begins accepting applications July 1.

To be considered an applicant must:

Submit a properly completed application to the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) at, beginning July 1. Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and the essay are provided on the OptomCAS website.

  • Arrange to have forwarded directly to OptomCAS the following letters of evaluation to fulfill the requirement for Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry either:
    • a Pre-Professional Committee letter of evaluation (consult with your college/university pre-professional advisor regarding the policy for providing letters of recommendation for pre-professional applicants).
    • three natural science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics) teaching faculty
    • two science teaching faculty and one practicing optometrist whom you have shadowed.
    • a letter packets containing the letters outlined above. Each leter within the letter packet a student wishes to have reviewed should be listed individually on OptomCAS.
  • Additional letters will enhance the file but will not fulfill our required letters of evaluation.
  • Arrange to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) prior to June 1 of the desired entering year; taking the OAT between September and December of the application process is highly recommended.
    • The exam is offered electronically.
    • Information and registration for online testing:
    • OAT results should not be more than two years old.
  • If you have questions about the processing of your application, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 800-824-6262 or by email -

International Students and Practitioners

For international students and practitioners who have completed course work outside of the U.S. or Canada, please provide the Office of Admissions with the following information:

  • A course-by-course credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed.  Please consult agency’s web site for requirements to complete the evaluation.  An official evaluation must be sent from the agency directly to Salus University, Office of Admissions, 8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA  19027.    These services are provided by various agencies including: World Education Services -
  • Official results of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ( examination.
  • International practitioners should submit a letter of reference from a Department Chairperson or Supervisor along with two references from former faculty.

Notification of Acceptance

An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance as early as October. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to pay a $1,000 matriculation fee to the University prior to the start of classes, payable as follows:

  • Return the matriculation form within 14 days of the date of the acceptance letter. A $500 deposit is due by January 15; if accepted after January 15, the $500 deposit must accompany the matriculation form.
  • The balance of $500 for the matriculation fee is due April 1.
  • All monies received above will be applied toward first term fees.

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