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We see you thriving in Cedar Crest’s collaborative program with Salus University, where you can complete an undergraduate major and a Doctor of Optometry degree and enter an exciting and important health profession one year sooner.  There are reserved seats waiting for Cedar Crest students! 

For the Doctor of Optometry degree program, Cedar Crest and Salus University’s Osborne College of Audiology have agreed that students who complete the 90 semester credit requirements with a 3.0 GPA or above may be eligible for admission to the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program. 

The educational pathway is referred to as a 3 + 4 Degree Program and includes two phases: Phase I is the pre-optometry curriculum at CCC; Phase II is the Doctor of Optometry Degree at Salus PCO. 

In Phase I, Cedar Crest will admit those students who meet the admissions requirements of the program and will submit to the Salus Office of Admissions the name and contact information for each student who begins Phase I of the program. Salus will communicate with each student who advances through Phase I of the program. Relevant information about the program will be provided, and a visit to the Salus Office of Admissions for a pre-application appointment will be encouraged. 

To complete Phase I of the program, a student must: (1) Complete the pre-optometry curriculum at Cedar Crest, which must consist of a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate education, including the required prerequisites. Students who complete Phase I must then apply to the Doctor of Optometry program at Salus PCO by following the application procedures as described on the website no later than Dec. 1 of the intended year. The admission procedure includes the completion of a successful on-campus interview. 

Salus PCO will reserve three seats in each class of the Doctor of Optometry program for Cedar Crest students who have completed Phase I of the program and Phase II of the application process. If there are more than three such qualified Cedar Crest students, the remaining students will be considered for admission along with all other applicants. 

Dive A Little Deeper

Pre-Optometry Curriculum Required Courses

General Biology or Zoology (with labs):

BIO 123 Foundations in Biology 4 credits
BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
OR BIO 239 Animal Ecology, Development, and Evolution 4 credits

General Chemistry (with labs):

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits

Organic Chemistry (with labs):

CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
OR CHE 217 Principles of Biochemistry 3 credits
OR BIO 335 Molecular Genetics I 4 credits
OR CHE 307 Biochemistry I 3-4 credits

General Physics (with labs):

PHY 103 Introduction to Physics 4 credits
OR PHY 104 College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 105 College Physics II 4 credits

Microbiology or Bacteriology (with lab):

BIO 227 Microbiology 4 credits


PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits


MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
OR BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits


MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits

English Composition or English Literature:

WRI 100 College Writing 3 credits
WRI-2 course 3 credits

Encouraged, Additional Coursework

Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology:

CHE 217 Principles of Biochemistry 3 credits
OR CHE 307 Biochemistry I 3-4 credits
OR BIO 335 Molecular Genetics I 4 credits

Anatomy and/or Physiology:

BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
OR BIO 26X Comparative Animal Physiology 4 credits

Cell Biology:

BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits


BIO 200 Introduction to Neuroscience: Neurons, Systems, and Brains 3 credits
OR BIO 220 Sensation and Perception: Processing Reality 3 credits
AND BIO 223 Sensation and Perception Laboratory 1 credit


BIO 231 Genetics 4 credits

Experimental and/or Physiological Psychology:

PSY 215 Biological Psychology 3 credits
OR PSY 336 Cognitive Psychology 4 credits
OR BIO 200 Introduction to Neuroscience: Neurons, Systems, and Brains 3 credits

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Salus University – Graduate Partnerships in Health Professions

Take your future as a health professional to the next level with one of Cedar Crest’s masters or doctoral degree partnerships with Salus University. These cooperative programs, which prepare you for life and work in crucial fields and an ever-changing world, offer preferential admission to eligible Cedar Crest students in the following areas: Audiology, Blindness and Low-Vision Studies, Dentistry, and Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science. 

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