Salus University was founded as Pennsylvania State College of Optometry in 1919, today is a diversified, globally recognized professional academic center of post-graduate learning located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, United States.The University’s name, Salus is a Latin word for health and well-being. A private, nonprofit university, Salus offers a wide range of degree programs in the professions of optometry, audiology, physician assistant, blindness and low vision, occupational therapy, public health, and biomedicine. Salus has more than 1,100 students, including PhD candidates, and more than 10,000 alumni worldwide. 
The University’s founding college – Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) – was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest optometry colleges in North America. Salus University, established on July 1, 2008, consists of four colleges: Pennsylvania College of Optometry; George S. Osborne College of Audiology; College of Education and Rehabilitation, and College of Health Sciences.
The Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University was established in 1978 in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia and recently underwent an $11 million renovation. TEI offers clinical services in pediatrics, adult primary care, vision rehabilitation, laser procedures, sub-specialty optometry services and sub-specialty ophthalmology services, as well as 24/7 emergency services. All Salus PCO students complete internships at TEI, beginning early in their studies. 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.
The University administers one of the country’s largest optometry extern programs, where our students gain a wide range of clinical experience. These optometrists-in-training rotate through private practices, clinics, government facilities, veterans’ hospitals, US Department of the Interior Native American reservation clinics, and other clinical settings throughout their externship rotations.
Established in 2004, Pennsylvania Ear Institute is located on the University’s Elkins Park campus and serves as a clinical site for Doctor of Audiology students enrolled in the Salus Osborne College of Audiology. Faculty and students see and treat a wide range of patients with hearing and balance issues, from children to the elderly. Patients receive comprehensive hearing healthcare and services that utilize the diagnostic and rehabilitative tools needed for the detection and management of hearing loss.