Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Office of Professional Studies and International Programs
International Optometry Programs
For nearly twenty years, Salus University has delivered education around the world, which has resulted in:
- Improvement of optometry practice standards
- International professional harmonization via cooperation with colleges and universities
- Advancement and improvement of optometric legislation
- Advancement and improvement of optometry’s role as a primary health care profession
Salus University offers a variety of educational programs and initiatives in response to the needs of international students and ophthalmic practitioners:
- Bachelor of Science in Optometry Degree Completion Program
The program is offered to ophthalmic practitioners to meet the entrance requirements for the Master of Science in Clinical Optometry Degree Program. It advances students’ knowledge and skills in optometric care to better serve their patients and communities. It provides foundational knowledge and basic clinical skills applicable to the early detection of conditions that require optometric intervention, referral to another health care practitioner, or co-management of the condition in cooperation with an appropriate health care provider.
The course structure and objectives are adjusted as necessary with every prospective student cohort, in order to achieve the overall program objectives. The program features a series of lectures and clinical training conducted outside of the United States in the host country. Eligible candidates are practitioners who have completed the pre-requisite ophthalmic education and are licensed, registered or certified to practice as applicable.
- Master of Science in Clinical Optometry Degree Program
The program provides optometrists with education and clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular conditions. It includes a balanced curriculum of basic biomedical and visual sciences; clinical sciences and techniques; controlled patient care; clinical case studies; and a culminating scholarly project.
The program is organized into four integrated modules comprising 33 semester credits. Some program content is delivered outside the United States in the host country and some program elements are delivered at Salus University. Eligible candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in optometry or its equivalent and licensure/registration to practice optometry in the host countries as applicable.
- Bachelor of Science in Optometry Degree Completion Program/Master of Science in Clinical Optometry Degree Program
The program combines the two degree programs described above. Some courses are delivered outside the United States in the host country while others are delivered at Salus University.
- Master of Science in Clinical Optometry with an Advanced Graduate Fellowship Degree Program
In addition to the required four integrated modules of the Master of Science in Clinical Optometry Degree Program, students must successfully complete supplemental courses in the foundations of basic science, optometric applications and ophthalmic disease, and practice of optometric medicine.
This program features 63 semester credits. The program is delivered at Salus University. Eligible candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in optometry or its equivalent and licensure/registration to practice optometry in the host country as applicable.
- Doctor of Optometry (OD) – Advanced Placement for International Optometrists