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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Optometry Combined Program

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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

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.

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 awards a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Science after completion of a student’s first year at Salus. After  completion of the four years of professional study there, Salus awards a Doctor of Optometry degree.

Requirements for the Combined Program in Optometry

At Arcadia University: specific courses as listed below, with electives to total 96 credits.

At Salus University: four years of professional study.

Five courses in Chemistry

Undergraduate Curriculum requirements

First-Year Seminar
Global Connections Experience and Reflection
Additional Integrative Learning requirement
Areas of Inquiry – one of each

Creative Expressions
Cultural Legacies
Self and Society

Writing-designated course

The curriculum is designed so that all Arcadia requirements can be completed in three years. Below is a suggested sequence of courses.

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