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Salus, USciences Sign Agreements Providing Additional Pathways to Healthcare Professions and Services

Published on May 17, 2019

Salus University and University of the Sciences have announced three new partnership agreements that enable USciences students to pursue a clear pathway to Salus University’s Doctor of Audiology or Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. The Eye Institute of Salus University has also established an on-site optometric clinical site at USciences for students, faculty and staff.

Salus President Michael H. Mittelman, OD, MPH, and USciences President Paul Katz, MD, finalized the agreements on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at a signing ceremony and ribbon cutting on USciences’ University City campus.

Salus has established an optometric clinical space on the second floor of theIntegrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX) to offer comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fitting and dispensing services that are of benefit to USciences undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff and their families at no cost to the patient as insurance will be billed. The clinic, which is staffed by Salus University Optometry student interns and supervised by clinical faculty, is comprised of three new, fully-equipped exam rooms, a pre-screening area and a contact lens dispensing area.

"We're very excited to be partnering with USciences for this on-campus optometry clinic," said John Gaal, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Salus. "Being able to provide comprehensive vision care, especially contact lens exams and fittings, to the students, faculty and staff at USciences will provide great additional experience for our students."

Ribbon Cutting The Eye InstituteThe clinic will be open Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, visit

These three new articulation agreements are in addition to previous agreements to fast track USciences students to Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) to pursue Doctor of Optometry degrees. Through this program and agreement with Salus/PCO, 25 seats are reserved for eligible USciences students who meet the requirements.

“USciences is proud to offer additional promising avenues for our students to pursue their interests and careers in healthcare,” said USciences Provost Peter Miller. “Expanding our partnership with Salus University will provide our highly motivated students more opportunities to impact patients.” 

Eligible USciences students can also apply to the Doctor of Audiology program (AuD) in Salus University's Osborne College of Audiology (OCA), the first and only stand­alone college of audiology in the country. After completing three years of a prescribed Bachelor of Science degree curriculum, USciences students who complete coursework with acceptable grades and comply with other admissions requirements will be considered for four priority seats to the Salus AuD program.

The two Universities also signed an agreement to allow USciences· students who complete all four years of their bachelor's degree to apply to the AuD program with priority status.

The Salus University Osborne College of Audiology curriculum is a four-year residential program that prepares graduates to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with hearing and balance disorders.

The third agreement between the Greater Philadelphia area institutions allows USciences students in the pre-physician assistant studies program to enter Salus' Physician Assistant Studies Masters of Medical Science Degree program upon graduation. In order to qualify, USciences applicants will have earned a bachelor's degree in pre-physician assistant studies, maintained a 3.7 GPA and completed the required examinations along with other admissions requirements. Three seats in each class will be reserved for eligible USciences students.


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