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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2022-2023 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Feb 28, 2024
2022-2023 Bradford Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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Affiliation Agreement Pre-Optometry Programs

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (PCO) have an affiliation agreement establishing a joint undergraduate/professional program of education leading to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. PCO agrees to provide places in its first professional year class to University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students who have successfully completed their undergraduate pre-optometry program prerequisites at Pitt-Bradford and have satisfied other admission requirements of PCO. Students may apply to PCO after completing three years and 90 credits at Pitt-Bradford. The work at Pitt-Bradford will include general education program requirements and major requirements, which lead to a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or psychology. Upon successful completion of one year of basic science education at PCO, students will earn a BS from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Upon successful completion of four years (including the first year of basic sciences) of the optometry education program, PCO shall award the OD degree.

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Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

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