Taught course

Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists

Institution
Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

A minimum of two years in clinical practice will be required before starting the clinical placement element of the therapeutic programme. Applicants (irrespective of any therapeutic prescribing qualification they may hold) must supply evidence of their prior experience in the diagnosis and management of the eye conditions for which they will be trained to prescribe. This evidence may be in the form of a letter from an employer or ophthalmologist. It is expected that practitioners will work in fields such as primary eye care and/or the hospital eye service, particularly in glaucoma clinics. The proposed application form outlines the documentation required from the applicants.

Months of entry

January

Course content

This fully online programme consists of two 30 credit modules; 'Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing' and 'Assessment, management and treatment of ocular conditions' and will prepare GOC registered Optometrists to undertake the Clinical Placement and proceed to The College of Optometrists Common Final Assessment in Therapeutics.

This programme has been designed in collaboration with Ophthalmologists, Pharmacists and Independent Prescribing Optometrists. Our course team have many years experience in teaching optometry and vision science to undergraduate and post-graduate students at Ulster.

This programme compliments and extends our current General Optical Council approved BSc (Hons) Optometry course which has been producing high quality graduates for over 16 years.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

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For international students please visit our website: International fees and finance.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

distance learning
8 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Julie McClelland
Email
jf.mcclelland@ulster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 28 7012 4216