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Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Year founded: 1919
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 154
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Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Optometry School
Elkins Park
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 53 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $37,805
  • Non - Resident Tuition $37,805
  • Application Fee $50
  • AVG OAT 300
  • AVG GPA 3.4

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 8360 Old York Road
  • Elkins Park 19027
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

A tradition of leadership and excellence marks the history of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. From its inception in 1919 through today, the College has maintained and continually expanded its focus on academics. The College consistently provides the highest level of optometric and audiologic education, placing graduates at the forefront of their profession.

Curriculum

The distinctive features of PCO`s optometric curriculum include: a promotion of interdisciplinary integration of basic and clinical courses using a "module" approach; the immediate introduction of clinical concepts and skills during the first term of the first year, the expedited entry into patient care experiences; and a significantly expanded clinical training program. During the first 2 years, students will spend less time in traditional classroom and laboratory settings so that they can experience more independent, case-based, small group activities. In addition, students have new and early involvement in a variety of community-based patient care settings. In this innovative curriculum model, all course work is completed in 2 1/2 years, thereby allowing for 1 1/2 years of off-campus externships in a variety of private practice, hospital and group practice settings.

Facilities

The Eye Institute (TEI) was established in 1978 in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, and in 2010 completed renovation. In addition to its main West Oak Lane location, The Eye Institute has two satellite offices in Philadelphia, one in the East Falls section and one in the Chestnut Hill section.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 45
Negatively 2
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.27 48

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.45 53

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"N/A everything was impressive!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have less interviews instead of offering so many dates; it would be easier to organize this way, and the applicants won't be so disappointed that they traveled so far to attend such an unorganized event" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was wait time in between meeting new people for the interview and for the tour. It would've been a lot better if there was a transitional announcement to let us know what the wait was for each time." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lady in the front is not very friendly. You would think the school would want the most cheerful person for the incoming class to meet." More from this Member | Report Response

"More welcoming. Compare to other schools the staff was pretty quiet and the tour guide was apparently doing work study and wasn't enthusiastic about the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What opportunities do you see in optometry? What is an issue with optometry now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What opportunities do you see in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the challenges in the field of optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you make a difficult decision? What is your thought process?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences prepared you for optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are current issues or hindrances in the field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you dont get in" More from this Member | Report Response

"What optometric experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my research experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you are a good student academically? Do not tell me your gpa or grades." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry, what other schools did you apply to" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to do optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I will just list all the questions: whats the biggest accomplishment? what does an optometrist do? what are your strength and weaknesses? Who did you talk to first after you decided to do optometry? Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get involved in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who did you talk to about your decision to become an optometrist? What is your perception of the school's curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry? What before choosing optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you apply to PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your strengths/ weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses as a student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you first became interested in the field, who did you talk to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your first exposure to optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is PCO your first choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the current issues regarding optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your greatest strength?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the current issues facing optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide to become an optometrist and who did you talk to about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in Optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"General questions about your background. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I think I was qualified to be an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"In this scenario, if you only had $100 to donate to charity. Which would it be? To buy educational supplies ie pens & books, medical supplies, or water?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What things do you look for in an optometry school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges does optometry face?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what I like to do for fun" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities would make you a good optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as being the biggest hinderance to the growth of the profession? (apparently this question throws many interviewees off)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your extracurriculars?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is c-reactive protein and what is it's clinical importance in relation to the eye? (I had mentioned that I worked at a medical lab)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything you prepared to talk about that we haven't covered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the biggest challenge facing optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems will optometrists face in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know the history of macrame?" More from this Member | Report Response

"whats your greatest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does your family support you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracurricular activities or hobbies do you enjoy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the biggest mistake you've made in your life? What did you do to rectify it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a boyfriend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you like to do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most challenging event in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did I learn from my job working with children?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting. Just all the basic get-to-know-you questions that are posted on here. I was asked most of the questions that are posted on sdn." More from this Member | Report Response

"None were too interesting...just your basics!" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go out to dinner tonight with 3 people (dead or alive), who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were really interesting/unexpected." More from this Member | Report Response

"To describe the kind of person I am and how I handle a stressful/challenging situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were interesting....just about my undergrad experience, strengths/weaknesses, knowledge of optometry, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your goals for optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were interesting or surprising - mostly just stuff like why optometry? experience? college experience, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know/think of our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All question was as expected nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you like about our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what type of student are you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could eat dinner with any three people who would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your major strength?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your biggest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There really were no difficult questions but you do need to now where you stand. Since the questions were quite broad, it also allows yourself to stand out amongst the other interviewers. (ie; What is your biggest accomplishment?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none that was memorably interesting.." More from this Member | Report Response

"none were, interviewer thought she had me figured out before she spoke to me" More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"I like the setting of the school just outside of the city. It is picturesque. The community here is very well-knit and cooperative." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"N/A" | Report Response

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