Shippensburg University has a consistent record of placing qualified students into optometry programs. We make sure our pre‑optometry students receive accurate, current, and comprehensive information. Pre‑optometry advisors maintain close ties with Salus University by visiting their program during the summer months to stay current with admissions procedures and standards. They attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities and share ideas. We give our students “mock interviews” before they apply to optometry schools. This allows you to develop your interview skills and gives the Health Professions Committee information to write a committee letter of reference in support of your application.
Shippensburg University has been affiliated with Salus since 1990. Though most of our students pursue optometry school after completing a 4‑year undergraduate degree, several have entered Salus as “3+4” students. Under this agreement, qualified students can apply to Salus early in their junior year. If accepted, students enter Salus in their senior year and credits are transferred back to Shippensburg. After completing their first year of optometry school, Shippensburg awards these students a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry.
Faculty-directed undergraduate research is highly encouraged at Shippensburg, and each year several biology students present the results of their research at regional, state or national conferences.
You are encouraged to participate in internship experiences with private and corporate practices, visit Salus University (or other optometry programs) and attend on‑campus presentations by optometry school admissions personnel.