Salus University Reviews

  • 16 Reviews
  • Elkins Park (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,201
100% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
81% of 16 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/16/2021
  • Degree: Optometry
"First two years, the classes are messed up,. There are some good professors who did perfect on class and cares, but there are also a good amount of professors who doesn't care. They have been doing online courses due to pandemic for a year and still have tones of technical issues making the class recording and instructions unbearable. The system they are using is unreliable. The professor to student ratio was like 1-100. You can't get sufficient help from professors. The instructions on courses are unclear. They often emphasize unnecessary points and skips the importance ones. The student bases are low-key. People complaining about simple course materials, too many tests, and not getting enough vacation times. Things might getting better at the last two years where we go to the big cool clinic, but the first two years makes me feel like attending a rank 500+ university. Anyone can go through all that in such environment, pass their boards at last and successfully graduate is a warrior. Most respect to the Alumni but not so much on the organization of teaching."
Chris Daniels
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2020
  • Degree: Optical/Optometric Assistant
"DO NOT GO TO THIS AWFUL SCHOOL. A year and half before applying to schools I prepared myself for a career in optometry. I had a very successful GPA, involvement, etc. Long story short, I had lots of schools to choose from but ultimately choose Salus because of it’s proximity to Philadelphia (I love Philly) and because the admission staff were awesome during my interview. Needless to say I was extremely excited to go to school here. However, when I arrived to school I soon realized that this school was much different than what it seemed to be during my interview. Where to begin, oh my. Ok, let’s first begin with the fact that they had us in 11 classes first semester of first year. These were not “blow off classes” but all classes that were crucial to being successful. The class size is huge. There is absolutely no individual attention. Oh yeah, did I mention the professors do not care about their students? I am not saying this lightly. We would study all the content on our tests, just for us to get to our test and be asked questions that were not relevant to what we learned. (Legit had questions relating optometry to aliens?!?!). Everybody in my class were getting an average of C’s-D’s (besides the lucky select few). But really, our class did so bad (because the curriculum was set up so terribly) that a lot of people were getting F’s on their exams. It got to the point where we all had to meet with a student advisor regarding our professors. Even she was on our side that the professors do not properly teach us/help us/regard us human beings. I have honestly never met such horrible professors in my life. Their curriculum is ALL OVER THE PLACE. There were times when professors even forgot to show up for lecture! They were constantly changing it around in attempt to “prepare students for their boards better”. Honey, let me tell you that SALUS HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST BOARDS IN THE US. THERE IS A REASON WHY PEOPLE! The professors here are downright rude and not helpful. They are also not approachable. Also, they make you purchase thousands of dollars worth of equipment the second week of school. It finally got to the point where many students began hating it so much some purposely failed out or just straight up quit because the school and staff members were awful. My advice to anyone reading this is: go to the other school(s) that accepted you. Salus University is a disgrace to optometry schools and anyone who tells you otherwise on reviews is probably a faculty member online leaving reviews to make their place of work look good so they can get a better salary. I could go on and on with examples of how much Salus University is awful, but I think you can get the idea from this long winded review."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"It was a great place to earn a masters degree. Small and focused"
Emily Cardone
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2015
  • Degree: Public Health
"I am in the Doctor of Optometry program at Salus University. The OD program was the founding college at the previously named "Pennsylvania College of Optometry". The program and the professors are well educated, willing to help, and spend time in their own practices to keep their skills up to standards. Salus OD program has the largest class size for the profession at all surrounding professional schools, and being the founding college at the university, the knowledge gained here is incomparable. Students are introduced into a clinical skills working environment in their first semester of their first year so confidence and skills are at high levels when it comes time to take state board certification in the student's fourth year. The program is four years and much of the time is spent in the second and third years in The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, which is the teacher/student learning environment with live patient care."
Chasen Halcomb
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2014
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"The pros at Salus are the following: experienced professors and current physician assistant professionals, great PANCE passer rating for first-time test takers, provides strong background of anatomy and physiology, provides cadaver lab strictly for physician assistant students, and the campus is in a great location. The only con is that they struggled with an administrative probation recently. This should get resolved shortly from what we are told."
Weston Wilson
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2014
  • Degree: Public Health
"The faculty does very well to try to help you as much as they can. The school offers free tutoring and encourages students seek this help if they need it."
Seth Kozlowski
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2014
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"I personally have mixed views on my experience with Salus University's Physician Assistant Program. PROS: high post graduate employment rate accessible faculty members with excellent support campus is in safe and very social area new facilities (lab, classroom, student gym, etc) CONS: newly formed program disorganized at times small campus cost of tuition"
Jenny Krech
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Pro- It's a great area, good facilities, beautiful campus Con- organization of classes/ topics could be better in some classes."
Anahita Abazari
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The well equipped and new technology used at school in addition to its academic competitiveness are the pros of the Salus University optometry program."
Sam shinkle
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2014
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"Solid program that does a good job to prepare you. Faculty is pretty weak though."
Ahlam Chahid
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I defiantly am so grateful and glad I made the choice to pursue a Doctor of Optometry Degree at Salus and would do it all over again. The staff is supportive and while it is a very rigorous program- it's just right for those who have always dreamed of this career."
Deepa Nair
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Pros- One of the best optometry programs available throughout the country."
Bryttani Sylvain
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I love Salus (Pennsylvania College of Optometry). The teachers are very personable as well as helpful. It was a big change for me living in Philadelphia being that I'm from Florida but it is easy to adapt. The clinic experience is great because we see many types of diseases that other optometry schools may not get as much exposure or experience."
Ryan Beers
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I feel the main pro of this program is that the faculty genuinely care about providing you with a quality education. The school focuses on clinical optometry which is very beneficial. The school also has its own gym and is located just outside of Philadelphia, but the city is still easily accessible. The cons are that school does not give as much time off as other schools for board preparation and the clinic is located in a rough part of town."
Sean Munekiyo
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"pros- solid education, cons- boards pass rate"
Cassie Bruno
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Faculty are world renowned professionals, but large class size leaves little time for one on one interaction in class. Patient care and clinical skills are emphasized."