Salus president Michael H. Mittelman, OD, MPH, and USciences president Paul Katz, MD, participated in a signing ceremony and ribbon cutting at University of the Sciences’ campus on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
The signing ceremony finalized three new articulation agreements
that will enable USciences students to pursue a clear pathway to Salus University’s Doctor of Audiology
or Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies
“USciences is proud to offer additional promising avenues for our students to pursue their interests and careers in healthcare,” said USciences provost Peter Miller, PhD. “Expanding our partnership with Salus University will provide our highly motivated students more opportunities to impact patients.”
Also excited about the new articulation agreements between the two institutions, Dr. Mittelman said to Dr. Katz during the signing, “I’m thrilled that we’ll see you’re students on our campus and that only makes us better.”
These three new agreements are in addition to previous agreements to fast track USciences students to Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) to pursue Doctor of Optometry degrees
. Through this program and agreement with Salus, 25 seats are reserved for eligible USciences students who meet the admissions requirements.
Eligible USciences students can also apply to the Doctor of Audiology program (AuD) in Salus University’s Osborne College of Audiology (OCA), the first and only stand-alone college of audiology in the country. After completing just three years of a prescribed Bachelor of Science degree curriculum, USciences’ students who complete coursework with acceptable grades and comply with other admissions requirements will be considered for four priority seats to the Salus AuD program.
The two Universities also signed an agreement to allow USciences’ students who complete all four years of their bachelor’s degree to apply to the AuD program with priority status.
The third agreement between the Greater Philadelphia area institutions allows USciences’ students in the pre-physician assistant studies program to enter Salus’ Physician Assistant Studies Masters of Medical Science Degree program upon graduation. In order to qualify, USciences applicants will have earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-physician assistant studies, maintained a 3.7 GPA and completed the required examinations along with other admissions requirements. Three seats in each class will be reserved for eligible USciences students.
In addition to these program articulation agreements, Salus’ Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) has established an optometric clinical space on USciences’ Philadelphia campus to offer comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fitting and dispensing services benefitting USciences’ undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff and their families. The ribbon cutting marked the opening of the site – the fifth of its kind – scheduled to accept appointments from the USciences community this week.
The Eye Institute at USciences – PCO’s clinical facility
- is comprised of three new, fully-equipped exam rooms, a pre-screening area and a contact lens dispensing area, located in the Physician Assistant Studies Suite in the Integrated Professional Education Complex on the USciences campus.
“We are thrilled about the clinic because it is an opportunity for our students to interact directly with the USciences community on a higher level and we’ll be able to provide contact lens services and other optometric services,” said Dr. Mittelman.