student conducting hearing exam

As you search for the healthcare program that best fits your needs, we encourage you to ask, “What sets Salus University graduates apart from their peers?”

Our students are exposed to fieldwork, externships, and extensive training that extends across all programs in the form of clinical rotations. Better yet, we offer this opportunity earlier than most advanced healthcare programs. This atmosphere, along with small group-based learning, is integral to becoming a competent, practicing provider.
  • The Eye Institute has more than 45,000 patient visits each year.
  • Pennsylvania Ear Institute functions as a private practice and exposes students to the business management aspect of audiology.
  • Speech-Language Institute provides a wide range of pediatric and adult assessment and intervention services to individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Occupational Therapy Institute provides high-quality, evidence-based, complimentary occupational therapy services to underserved populations in the greater Philadelphia Region.
  • Clinical sites in various settings throughout Pennsylvania and other states to enhance hands-on learning.
Clinical Procedures Lab
clinical skills lab
Equipped with stations for each student that replicate the necessary equipment used by practicing optometrists for vision screenings and eye examinations, this facility is located in the South Wing of the University.

The Clinical Procedures Lab features state-of-the-art ophthalmic equipment and electronic health record capabilities in order to prepare the University’s optometry students for a seamless transition into patient care at The Eye Institute. The lab also includes 34 fully-equipped optometric bays, video/camera slit lamps for demonstration, and mounted live feed video cameras for integrated instruction. The expanded design allows students to have enhanced access to the space and provides them with optimum clinical education.
student and patient in the CHER labLocated in the West Wing, the College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation Lab is a resource for students in several programs within the college.

The College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation Lab, or CHER lab, is a resource for students in several programs within the college. The Vision Rehabilitation Therapy program uses the lab as its primary classroom and training facility to teach students adapted activities of daily living skills in the areas of adaptive food preparation and adaptive home management skills.

The Occupational Therapy students learn about occupational therapy theory and practice for adult and geriatric populations and the Speech-Language Pathology program uses it for simulated experiences with clients. The lab is popular among students because it's where they learn clinical, hands-on skills necessary prior to embarking to on-and off-campus fieldwork and clinical experiences.
Sensory Garden
sensory gardenOutside of the Hafter Center, the Sensory Garden adds value to the teaching and learning environments for each of the programs in the College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation (CHER) and provides strategic outreach for children and adults within the local community who have sensory deficits. The space includes areas that are passive places and calming spaces, while others are designed to stimulate activity or to be used within therapeutic or educational programs.
Standardized Patient Lab
exam room in standardized patient labThe Standardized Patient Simulation Lab, which contains collaborative learning environments, eight patient examination rooms and a hospital room to simulate a real-world clinical environment, utilizes trained laypeople and actors as standardized patients to roleplay a variety of healthcare scenarios. This allows students to directly experience the process of differential diagnosis and to practice their communication and professionalism skills.

Once patient evaluation skills are gained, students can apply them in the adjacent Patient Simulation Lab. Student experiences are videotaped for feedback and review purposes. In addition, the space includes a conference room for post-simulation student debriefing, a simulated patient lounge, and a video control room.
Vestibular Lab
student and teacher using vestibular lab
The Vestibular Lab offers Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) students state-of-the-art equipment found in few other audiology programs and is the program’s largest on-campus lab.
The lab's equipment includes five vestibular stations and one of fewer than 100 existing rotary chairs in the entire country, a number that includes hospitals as well as universities. Utilized for vestibular rehabilitation, the rotary chair also is used in the diagnosis of balance disorders, as is the balance machine in this lab. The balance machine is one of two that the University owns for educational purposes, the second being located at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute.
Virtual Reality Simulation Lab
student using VR lab techThe Virtual Reality Simulation Lab features the state-of-the-art VRmagic equipment and software for virtual retinal examinations. The lab includes eight stations for indirect ophthalmoscopy and four for direct ophthalmoscopy. Each station is equipped with a touch-screen monitor, a model patient head, and the tools needed for either direct or indirect ophthalmoscopy. The indirect ophthalmoscopy stations also include a wearable headset with a display monitor.
The VRmagic software has various modules users can select to test a variety of skills such as properly using an ophthalmoscope, finding shapes on the retina, examining objects found on a retinal map, locating and identify retinal pathologies, and using a case-study format to examine a model patient. The lab also has the capability to have the simulator projected for group learning, further enhancing the students’ understanding of the cases and concepts being reviewed.