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BSc ( Hons ) Optometry. Plymouth University. What is an optometrist. An optometrist is a professional that takes care of the visual status and monitors the health of the eyes - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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BSc (Hons) Optometry

BSc (Hons) OptometryPlymouth University

What is an optometristAn optometrist is a professional that takes care of the visual status and monitors the health of the eyesOptometry is a science-based profession that is committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery

An optometrist can specialise in: PaediatricsElderlyLow visionBinocular visionContact lensesRefractive surgeryTherapeutics

Key skillsThe exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core-Observation-Analysis-Integration -DeductionCommunicationMotivation

Why a career in optometry?It is a hands on professionIt has a mixture of health and technical abilitiesSense of achievement and job satisfactionVariety of patients means your work is never the sameOpportunities to work in different professional environments

Why a career in optometryOpportunities to specialise in different areasYou never stop learningProfessional development and recognitionWork is available in industry and in researchOpportunities to work abroad

The QualificationBSc (Hons) OptometryThree year degree with an academic and a practice orientation.Designed to meet the requirements of the General Optical Council (GOC).Eligibility to apply for Pre-registration Optometry Scheme (Objective structured clinical examination)

To enrol on the Scheme trainees must have gained a degree in optometry from an institution recognised by the GOC at 2.2 or above, or must have successfully completed the GOCs Optometry Progression Scheme. They also need a valid a Certificate of Clinical Competency, which is awarded on graduation. It is valid for two years.

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Course structureHighly integrated and focused courseThe course will be delivered using Practical and Theoretical elements with a large emphasis on placements and practical learning scenarios- Study Time- Lectures - Practical element- PBL sessions

Course Structure Year 1 focuses on development of your underpinning knowledge of the basic scientific principles and introduction to essential clinical skills.

Modules include:

Clinical Optometry Skills Geometric and Physical Optics Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Visual Optics and Ophthalmic Lenses Visual Perception Ocular Anatomy and Physiology

Practical elementClinical skills from Year 1Placements in each year of the coursePlacement experienceYear 1: 1 weekYear 2: 2 weeksYear 3: Professional clinic

Placements & Study CentresYou may be required to travel for your practice placements, developing a broader practice experience

Problem Based Learning

Course AimsSafe, competent, confident practitionerAccountable and AutonomousLife long learning skillsResearch ethosNon-judgemental and anti-discriminatoryEU requirements

Communication skillsTeamwork skillsProblem solving skills / clinical reasoning skillsSelf-management skillsPlanning and organising skillsIT skillsLife-long learning skillsEmployability Skills

Your ApplicationWhat we look for:Academic qualifications including Strong GCSE profile: - five grades C or above (must include English, Maths and Science)340 points from three A levels - 2 A level grade A's must come from either Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology Personal StatementReferences

Personal StatementDemonstrate an interest and knowledge for the professionEvidence of related work experienceDemonstrate evidence of good communication skillsAbility to empathise with othersProblem solving and use of initiative

Personal StatementAbility to study/work independently and in groupsExtra curricular/outside interestsWillingness to learnQuality of written workSupportive references

Conditional OfferFor non A level applicants, on receipt of successful attainment of the required qualifications please notify the Admissions Department immediately!

Funding For information on funding please attend one of the following Funding Talks:all Drake Circus Campus

10.15 10.45 Rowland Levinsky *LT 111.30 12.00Sherwell Lower *LT13.00 13.30Sherwell Lower *LT15.15 15.45Sherwell Lower *LT21/06/2012 up to date 19

Any Questions?

A copy of this presentation can be found on the University website shortly after the open day at:

www.plymouth.ac.uk/opendays

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