Salus University has completed two new articulation agreements in the Doctor of Optometry Degree program with Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.
Under the 3 + 4 Doctor of Optometry Degree program, students who complete a minimum of 90 semester credits at Lock Haven with a 3.0 GPA or above can apply for admission to Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s (PCO) Doctor of Optometry program. Under the 4 + 4 Doctor of Optometry program, students who successfully complete a Bachelor of Science degree at Lock Haven with a 3.0 GPA or above may apply for admission to the Salus PCO’s Doctor of Optometry program.
“Over the years, we’ve had several Lock Haven University students apply to Salus, so a partnership between our two universities was a natural fit,” said Monica Scirrotto, MS, director of admissions at Salus University. “We are excited to begin these articulation agreements with our Doctor of Optometry program and look forward to assisting future Lock Haven students in achieving their professional and educational goals.”
The 3 + 4 degree program is comprised of two phases. To successfully complete Phase I, a student must:
- Complete the Pre-Optometry curriculum at Lock Haven, which must consist of a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate education, including the required prerequisites. Those prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted only if college credit is awarded by Lock Haven and appears on the official undergraduate transcript.
- Transfer students are eligible for this program. The majority of the required courses must be taken at Lock Haven.
- International students are eligible for this program, pending official documentation to study in the United States. Official foreign credential evaluation and English language proficiency exam may be required.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
- Submit a completed application of the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS), including test score results of the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) – scores of 300 or higher in each section of the OAT is recommended – and required letters of evaluation, along with any additional admissions requirements as described on the Doctor of Optometry Traditional Program Application Process page on the Salus University website.
- Successful completion of an interview by Salus PCO and its Office of Admissions.
The 4 + 4 degree program is also comprised of two phases. To successfully complete Phase I, a student must:
Complete the Pre-Optometry curriculum at Lock Haven, which must consist of a minimum of 120 semester hours of undergraduate education, including the required prerequisites. Those prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted only if college credit is awarded by Lock Haven and appears on the official undergraduate transcript.
The rest of the requirements are the same as the 3 + 4 degree program.
For consideration into Phase II of both programs, a student must successfully complete Phase I, and then apply to the Doctor of Optometry Program by following the application procedures as described in the Salus University website no later than Dec. 1 of the intended entering year. The admissions procedures include completion of a successful on-campus interview.
Salus PCO will reserve two seats in each class of the Doctor of Optometry program for Lock Haven students who have successfully completed Phase I of the program and the application process for Phase II. If there are more than two such qualified Lock Haven students, the remaining Lock Haven students will be considered for admission along with the other applicants.