Complete Your Doctor of Optometry in Seven Years
Arcadia University has an accelerated, combined plan with Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, that allows students to complete a Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years.
During the first three years students study at Arcadia University, taking basic courses in the physical and biological sciences. The nationally standardized Optometry Aptitude Test (OAT) is taken during the fall of the third year. The score on this test, as well as the rest of the students’ academic credentials, are submitted to a joint Arcadia-Salus committee. Salus reserves a minimum of four places yearly for Arcadia 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.)
Study Abroad Opportunities
Because the Pre-Optometry program is highly structured, studying abroad normally entails adding a year of study. Students interested in this option consult with the adviser as soon as possible.
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