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Optometrists are health professionals who diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries and other disorders of the eyes. Through Seton Hill's unique cooperative program with Salus University, you'll be able to create a meaningful future in optometry in less time, at a reduced cost. From here, your future is looking up.

Earn Your Bachelor's & Doctor of Optometry Degree in Seven Years

Seton Hill University's cooperative degree program with the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry offers a combined undergraduate and graduate program leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Science in biology from Seton Hill and the Doctor of Optometry from the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. As a student in this program, you will move to graduate-level study after three years, allowing you to complete both degrees in only seven years. 

Phase I - Undergraduate Study at Seton Hill University

Phase I consists of three years at Seton Hill as a biology major. 

Why Seton Hill University for Your Study in Pre-Optometry?

  • All the benefits of Seton Hill's renowned biology program - including state-of-the art facilities, premier faculty and research opportunities.
  • Expert career professionals who work with you one-on-one to keep you moving toward your goals.
  • Study in the liberal arts, to ensure that you have a broad knowledge base that will support you in the years to come.

Phase II - Optometry School at Salus University

If you fulfill the requirements for Phase I of the cooperative degree program - which include maintaining a competitive GPA - you can then begin Phase II: four years of study at Salus University’s College of Optometry. Acceptance into Phase II is solely determined by Salus University. After your first year of successful study at Salus you will receive your Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Seton Hill. Three years later, after successfully completing the requirements for study at Salus University, you will be awarded a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Your Career as an Optometrist

Career Center Graphic Optometry is a strong career field that will continue to grow, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for optometrists was $118,050 in 2020. 

Career services at Seton Hill are a lifetime benefit. Our award-winning Career and Professional Development Center will help you with career planning while you’re at Seton Hill, and will remain available to you throughout your time at Salus University and after – for as long as you need it. 

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