OPH 3101—Clinical Skills Lab I
Focus on ophthalmic exam protocol; subsequent clinical skills lab
courses are aimed at developing ophthalmic clinical skills in a logical
progression with increasing levels of complexity.
OPH 3105—Clinical Skills Lab II
This course will familiarize students with various ophthalmic
equipment and testing protocols emphasizing concept underlying
construction of equipment, proper usage of the equipment, focus on
lensmeter, tonometry, retinoscopy, and refractometry concepts and
OPH 3106—Clinical Skills Lab III
Continuation of previous clinical laboratory course in order to
develop and enhance clinical skills focusing on the areas of advanced
refractometry techniques, advanced retinoscopy techniques and basic
OPH 3201—General Medical Knowledge & Terminology
Provides the student instruction in basic medical terminology, a
general overview of human anatomy and physiology, cardiopulmonary
resuscitation for health professionals, and systemic illnesses.
OPH 3202—Introduction to Ophthalmic Technology, Medical Law, and
Introduces the student to ophthalmic technology, including the role
of the ophthalmic technologist, duties and responsibilities of the
technologist, basic ocular examination techniques, measurement of visual
acuities, basic lensometry, identification and usage of ophthalmic
equipment, maintenance of ophthalmic examination lanes and special
testing areas, and ethics: medical-legal aspects of ophthalmology.
OPH 3203—Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
Provides the student a detailed knowledge of the normal anatomy and
physiology of the eye and orbit.
OPH 3204—Optics I
Introduces the human eye as an optical system by discussing
physiology of image formation, optical relationships of eye structures,
accommodation and effects of aging, refractive errors, astigmatism,
prisms and Prentice's Rule, magnification, and basics of refractometry.
OPH 3206—Optics II
Introduces principles of physical optics in which light is treated
as a form of energy and part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Examines wave and particle theory, polarization, interference,
fluorescence, and lasers. Students use ray tracing to examine
refraction, reflection, diffraction, dispersion, vergance lenses and
mirrors. The object-image relationships, magnification, and
graphical analysis of simple and thick lens systems will also be
OPH 3207—Contact Lenses/Opticianry
Familiarizes the student with contact lenses including types,
fitting procedures, care and storage procedures, indications for use,
complications and patient instruction, spectacle dispensing, ordering,
OPH 3208—Ophthalmic Pharmacology
Detailed exploration of the various ophthalmic pharmaceuticals,
indications for their use, sites of action, side effects, proper
instillation of agents, and various abbreviations used for medications.
OPH 3209—Ocular Motility I
Acquaints the student with normal and abnormal binocular vision,
including evaluation of motor and sensory status.
OPH 3412—Clinical Practicum III
Continues to develop clinical skills and build on previous clinical
courses. The student will begin to gain more specialized skills. New
skills will be demonstrated and supervised by one or more members of the
faculty. Clinical applications and classroom portions of the course will
coincide where possible. Return demonstrations will be required at
various times during this course.
OPH 3510—Clinical Practicum I
Introduction to procedures for care of ophthalmology patients.
Students observe techniques in various specialty clinics performed by a
faculty member. Many procedures will be observed, but emphasis will be
on basic skills needed to begin patient examination. When possible,
clinical applications will coincide with the classroom portions of the
course. Students will be introduced to appropriate equipment and
instruments for patient examination, assigned examination rooms to
maintain, taught basic procedures for information gathering in an
examination, and become contributing members of the health care team.
OPH 3611—Clinical Practicum II
Continuation of Clinical Rotation I, with further instruction in
patient care and examination techniques. The course will build on the
newly acquired basic skills as well as introduce new skills to be
learned. More specific examination techniques will be observed,
discussed, and return demonstrations given for these more advanced
tasks. Students will begin to greet patients and start examinations.
Clinical applications will reflect, where possible, the classroom
portions of the course.
OPH 4101—Clinical Skills Laboratory IV
Continues to develop clinical skills including familiarizing the
student with advanced protocols required for performing the following
ophthalmic tests and procedures: advanced tonometry, ophthalmic
photography and angiography, advanced Goldmann perimetry.
Teaches student cardiopulmonary resuscitation for certification by
the American Red Cross.
OPH 4201—Ocular Motility II: Abnormalities of Binocular Vision
Continuation of Motility I, and acquaints the student with advanced
motility problems. The diagnosis and treatment of amblyopia are also
OPH 4202—Survey of Eye Diseases
Familiarizes the student with pathophysiological conditions of the
globe and orbital region, encompassing both the more common conditions
as well as some of the more unusual diseases.
OPH 4204—Ophthalmic Photography & Angiography
Familiarizes the student with the more common forms of ophthalmic
photography, and includes lectures and hands-on training in fluorescein
angiography, fundus and external photography, and slit-lamp
OPH 4205—Ocular Emergencies & Oculoplastics
Familiarizes students with varying degrees of ocular emergencies,
triage of patients, immediate interventions, long-term complications,
and preventative measures. Familiarizes the student with various aspects
of oculoplastics including surgical interventions.
OPH 4207—Advanced Concepts in Ophthalmology
This course will use journals and ophthalmic literature to introduce
students to on-going research in clinical and surgical ophthalmology,
and re-introduce important ophthalmic concepts to enable the student to
become more effective in assisting ophthalmologists deliver eye care to
OPH 4303—Special Testing
Familiarizes the student with special testing procedures not
normally accomplished during routine ophthalmic examinations.
OPH 4306—Special Topics
Introduces student to ocular microbiology, glaucoma, autoimmune
disorders, genetic diseases, color vision, low vision aids, concepts of
billing and coding, and management and supervision of allied health
personnel. Additional topics may be added as new techniques, protocols,
and treatments emerge.
OPH 4309—Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting
Prepares the student to serve as a sterile scrub assistant, sterile
first assistant, and circulator for the more common ophthalmic surgical
procedures. Students will also learn about various ophthalmic surgical
OPH 4412—Clinical Practicum VI
The final course in patient care experiences. Students are expected
to act as full members of the health care team in all clinical areas.
Students will use this semester to advance their skills across the
OPH 4510—Clinical Practicum IV
Continuation of previous clinical experiences completed in the
junior year. Students will begin to develop autonomy in patient care,
and basic skills will become more advanced. New tasks will be
demonstrated first by a member of the faculty, followed by student
performance. When possible, classroom portions will coincide with
clinical experiences in this course.
OPH 4511—Clinical Practicum V
Continuation of previous clinical experiences in patient care. The
student will be required to perform at a high level of competence in all
phases of ophthalmic technology. Classroom instruction will decrease, as
most of this material will already have been presented. Emphasis will be
placed on advanced supervision techniques, specialized testing
techniques, and autonomy.
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