Salus University’s Department of International and Continuing Education offers a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry (MSCO) with an Advanced Studies Certificate Degree program for international ophthalmic practitioners desiring to advance their knowledge and skills in optometric care and to experience specialized training within a specific content area. This degree program is not an entry-to-practice degree program in the United States. Students who successfully complete the MSCO program are eligible to apply to the Advanced Placement Doctor of Optometry degree program offered by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

This degree program features courses in biomedical science, ocular disease, visual science, clinical skills and patient care, in addition to research design applications, including a culminating scholarly project. Students also earn a certificate in their choice of one of the following specialized content areas:
  • Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy
  • Vision Impairment and Rehabilitation
  • Contact Lens
The program is delivered in 38 semester hour credits over a 12-month period and is currently being offered in two different tracks. One track utilizes a full-time, on-campus delivery model and one track utilizes a hybrid delivery format. For the hybrid delivery track, most lectures are delivered online. Students are required to come to campus for a total of approximately 8 weeks of face- to- face training at the Elkins Park, PA, campus. The hands-on training includes three different sessions, each approximately 2-2.5 weeks in duration. 

For more information regarding the program, please contact Dr. Melissa Vitek, Department of International and Continuing Education, by email at

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