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Doctor of Optometry (OD) 3 + 4 Program

Rosemont College has partnered with Salus University to offer qualified students the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight. The first three years are spent at Rosemont College, the next four at the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. The student is awarded a Bachelor's degree by Rosemont College upon the successful completion of the first professional year at Salus University and a Doctor of Optometry degree by the University at the conclusion of the professional degree program.

Salus University guarantees Rosemont students reserved admission to the 3 + 4 Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program* for students who meet the then current 3 + 4 Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program admission requirements and apply by the December 1st deadline.

The Optometry Program at Salus University is noted for the following:

  • Early hands-on clinical experience and 15 month externship program
  • Small group learning experiences
  • Program can be enhanced with advanced studies and elective courses and/or a residency program
  • The Eye Institute (TEI) and its satellites serves as the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s clinical teaching facilities
  • Students collaborate with optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, and optometric technicians

The Traditional Program for the Doctor of Optometry degree at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry set the standard for all other institutions of optometry that exists today.

The Traditional Program offers PCO students a cohort curriculum and includes the early clinical experience and extensive externships for which the College is recognized. Other features of this program include small group learning experiences in an 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 faculty.

*Guaranteed admission is limited to a maximum of 3 Rosemont students per each Cohort (“Maximum Guarantee”). Students will be prioritized for the guaranteed reserved admission based on the date a student’s application is received by Salus. If any Rosemont student applies after the Maximum Guarantee has been met, the Rosemont students’ applications will be included in the general 3 + 4 Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program application process.


Eligible students must be in good academic and social standing at Rosemont College and have completed the first three years from Rosemont College with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Click here  for more information about the Salus University Doctor of Optometry Degree.