3+4 Doctor of Optometry Program
The program permits the qualified student to earn the Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight. The first three years are spent at a participating undergraduate institution, the next four at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. The student is awarded a Bachelor's degree by the undergraduate institution upon the successful completion of the first professional year and a Doctor of Optometry degree by the University at the conclusion of the professional degree program.
ASSUREd ADMISSION PROGRAMs
Direct entry and a fast track to the optometry profession is available to students through an articulation agreement between the following institutions and Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University:
Each year, ten (10) eligible Hampton students are selected for guaranteed seats for the Doctor of Optometry Traditional degree program. This Program includes a 4+4 BS/OD degree track. Students enrolled in the program will receive both financial and academic assistance from the National Optometric Association (NOA), advisement from the Pre-Health program at Hampton as well as from the Office of Admissions at Salus, and mentorship from a Salus PCO faculty advisor.
Lock Haven University
Each year, two (2) eligible LHU students are selected for guaranteed seats for the Doctor of Optometry Traditional degree program. Program options include a 3+4 BS/OD degree track or a 4+4 BS/OD degree track (2 seats are reserved for each degree track).
Each year, six (6) eligible Rosemont students are selected for guaranteed seats for the Doctor of Optometry Traditional degree program. Program options include a 3+4 BS/OD degree track or a 4+4 BS/OD degree track (3 seats are reserved for each degree track).
University of the Sciences
Each year, 25 eligible USciences students are selected for guaranteed seats for the Doctor of Optometry Traditional degree program. Program options include a 3+4 BS/OD degree track or a 4+4 BS/OD degree track. More information
As a student in either track, you’ll complete either three or four years at the above institutions before matriculating to PCO, earning both your bachelor of science (BS) and doctor of optometry (OD) degrees.
Penn State Early Assurance Admission Program
Established in 2017, this is a memorandum of understanding between the Eberly College of Science (ECoS)
and Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University.
University Park students can apply to PCO Salus via the ECoS Director of Premedicine and Science majors after their second year. Because there is some flexibility in prerequisite course selections, interested students are encouraged to discuss their intentions as early as possible with the Director to optimize course selection plans that will fit with the student’s intended academic major.
Drexel University Post-Baccalaureate ADMISSION PROGRAM
Under this Articulation Agreement, students who successfully complete the Post-baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program (IHSP)
at Drexel University with a 3.0 GPA or above may apply for admission to the Salus University Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program.
This educational pathway is referred to as the Post-baccalaureate + Doctor of Optometry Degree Program and is comprised of two phases, Phase I and Phase II:
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- Phase I is comprised of the student earning a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences degree at Drexel, in addition to satisfying the undergraduate prerequisite coursework required for the Doctor of Optometry Program at Salus, and
- Phase II is comprised of the Doctor of Optometry Degree Program at Salus.