About the Combined Program in Optometry
- Three years at Arcadia University
- Four years at Salus University
- B.A. in Interdisciplinary Science and Doctor of Optometry
- Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world
Arcadia University has an accelerated, combined plan with Salus University (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Optometry) that allows students to complete a Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years.
The first three years, students study Interdisciplinary Science at Arcadia University. At the start of their third year, students must submit their credentials to a joint Arcadia University-Salus University committee. Salus reserves a minimum of four spots for Arcadia University students. Upon selection, students enroll the following year at Salus.
Arcadia University will award a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Science after completion of a student’s first year at PCO. After successful completion of the four years of professional study, PCO will award a Doctor of Optometry degree.
The curriculum is designed so that Undergraduate Curriculum requirements, including all but one course required for the major in Interdisciplinary Science, can be completed in three years. (The final course will be completed during the first year at Salus.)
Since the Optometry program is very concentrated, students should consider attending at least one summer school session. This can enable them to add CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis, a normal prerequisite for CH 303 Biochemistry, and/or MA 202 Calculus II, a normal prerequisite for PH 212 Conceptual Physics II. If, however, at the end of three years, students decide not to continue in the program, they can complete a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Interdisciplinary Science in their senior year at Arcadia University.