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The Traditional Program for the Doctor of Optometry degree at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) follows a legacy that began in 1919, when PCO created a four-year degree program that set the standard for all other institutions of optometry that exist today. From our nearly century-long and proud history, PCO has pioneered some of the most influential innovations in post-graduate optometric education worldwide.

Our academic program features an innovative, biomedical-based curriculum as well as early and extensive clinical education, both on-and-off campus. Our students receive clinical immersion that is extensive, varied, hands-on, and patient-centered.



The Traditional Program offers optometry students a cohort curriculum and includes the early clinical experience and 16-month externships for which the College is recognized. Other features of this program include small group learning experiences, traditional semester breaks, and a training environment in which what you learn in the classroom is practiced in the labs and applied to actual patients under the guidance and supervision of distinguished faculty.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the 2016-2017 academic year, tuition in the Optometry (Traditional Program) is $38,940.

ABOUT PCO Our students are actively sought from every state in the nation. Enrolled students represent many states as well as Canada and other countries. Our faculty are respected practitioners and world class scientists. They are also engaged and generous teachers, dedicated to the success of their students and to the advancement of the optometric profession. Our campus is small enough to create a friendly, personal atmosphere. Our programs are “big� enough to include intensive clinical and interprofessional training that position Salus graduates at the forefront of their peers.

The cost of a professional education varies, depending on many factors. In addition to tuition and fees, there are living expenses, books, equipment and incidental expenses to be considered. A variety of financial assistance, such as student loans, scholarships, grants, work opportunities, and state contributions to optometric education, is available to students. FOR MORE INFORMATION Salus University Office of Admissions welcomes inquiries by prospective students. For more information, contact 800.824.6262 (choose option 1) or visit

Salus University Program Fact Sheets 2016