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History of Salus/PCO


Today the University is a diversified, globally recognized, health professions university that offers a wide range of accredited post-graduate and professional degree programs. Currently, the University has more than 1,200 students and more than 14,000 alumni worldwide. 
PCO founder, Dr. Albert Fitch, was considered a visionary by his peers and a revolutionary by others in the healthcare community. His goal in establishing the Pennsylvania State College of Optometry (our original name) as a nonprofit educational institution in 1919 was to create a professional school of optometry comparable to those of medicine and dentistry. His desire was to “obtain a higher standard of proficiency and to enlighten the public mind on the subject and science of optometry and its relationship to the conservation of vision.” That desire to set and maintain a higher standard of education is evident today at Salus University, where the institution continues to break new ground with creative and innovative curricula for all of its degree programs. 
The name Salus University may still be young, however, the history and reputation of our founding institution - the Pennsylvania College of Optometry - is known and respected around the world. Changes in the nation’s healthcare delivery system are significantly altering every facet of our diversified medical and health science professions. Central to the Salus mission is keeping pace with the rapidly expanding healthcare issues, setting national trends and standards and being the leader in providing the nation’s top health science, education and rehabilitation professionals.
2001 - Audiology


PCO becomes the first professional school to establish a Doctor of Audiology degree program. The first residential class numbered seven; the current entering class has 32 students. The PCO School of Audiology is founded by Dr. George S. Osborne and offers both a four-year residential Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree and an online bridge AuD program for licensed practitioners. The Board of Trustees establishes the George S. Osborne College of Audiology in memory of Dr. Osborne, who passes away shortly after the first residential AuD class graduates in 2007.

Learn more about Dr. Osborne

Early 2000s- TEI Locations

Early 2000s

The Eye Institute opens two satellite facilities in the Mt. Airy and Strawberry Mansion sections of Philadelphia in an effort to expand patient care in the community.

2001 - AuD Grads


First graduates from the School of Audiology at PCO with the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree. Completely restructures optometry curriculum, Curriculum 2000, is implemented.

PEI Opening 2004


In November 2004, the Pennsylvania Ear Institute (PEI) opened its doors as the on-campus clinical facility for the University’s Osborne College of Audiology. PEI offers an array of comprehensive hearing and vestibular services and provides audiology students with a clinical training ground to learn patient care under the guidance of experienced faculty.

2005- Status


Pennsylvania College of Optometry applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for university status

2007- PA Class


The College welcomes its inaugural class of 20 Physician Assistant (PA) students – the anatomy-based Master of Medical Science degree curriculum also becomes one of only five statewide schools that provide students with a full body onsite cadaver lab. Two years later, the program graduates its first class of PA students.

2008 - Salus University


On July 1, PCO establishes Salus University.

Feature: Salus University - 10 Years of Living Up to its Name