College accredits new higher qualifications

  • 3 Mar 2015

The College has accredited three new higher qualification courses, including the Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma.

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The College has accredited three new higher qualification courses, and reaccredited an existing course. These are the:

 

  • Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma
  • Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice
  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina 
  • Professional Certificate in Low Vision (reaccreditation).

Jackie Martin, Director of Education for the College of Optometrists, said: “Optometrists and practice managers want specialist skills, the highest standards of professionalism and to be able to equip themselves for the new opportunities to operate in enhanced eye health services. The College’s accredited qualifications are a clear way for practitioners to demonstrate their skills to employers and the public.”

Cardiff University has been accredited to offer the Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma. This qualification will prepare optometrists to work in community or hospital-based schemes involving the diagnosis of Ocular Hypertension (OHT) and preliminary diagnosis of Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma (COAG) (when not working under the supervision of a consultant ophthalmologist). 

Dr Nik Sheen, Director, Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC), said: “We are delighted to have been accredited by the College to run the Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma. This course has been long-awaited by many optometrists who have taken the certificate level and are ready to progress with their professional development. Those students who have previously completed higher glaucoma modules at Cardiff University will have the first available opportunity to undertake the additional learning and assessments required to gain the College’s Higher Certificate.” 

Cardiff University has also been reaccredited to continue running their popular Professional Certificate in Low Vision for another two years and City University has been accredited to deliver its courses for the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice and the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina.

Jackie Martin added: “The new Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses enables optometrists to develop these specialist skills, keeping them up-to-date with the advances in contact lens practice and enabling them to meet the demands of modern practice.” 

City University’s new Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses will be delivered by a combination of online learning, face to face lectures and practical workshops. It will give community and hospital based optometrists the knowledge and skills to be able to provide an enhanced standard of contact lens care. It will include topics such as fitting and assessing RGP lens designs, understanding myopia control and orthokeratology and managing dry eye in contact lens practice. 

The Professional Certificate in Medical Retina provides community and hospital based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions and includes topics covering screening, referral and treatment pathways, with an emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT) interpretation and diabetic retinopathy grading.

Dr Michelle Hennelly, MSc Programme Director at City University, London, said: “City University is delighted to be the first university to offer the full suite of Professional Certificates accredited by the College of Optometrists, including Medical Retina. We are also the first and only university to date to offer the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses.

“Optometrists completing the modules can be assured of completing cutting-edge specialist education delivered by world-renowned speakers, enhancing current practice and increasing scope of clinical practice.”

Interested providers can find more information and download an application form at www.college-optometrists.org/providerinfo 

 

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