Course Descriptions

OPHT 3101—Clinical Skills Lab I
Focus on ophthalmic exam protocol; Introduce basic ophthalmic equipment and testing protocols for automated instruments, lensmeter and biomicroscope.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

OPHT 3105—Clinical Skills Lab II
This course will familiarize students with various ophthalmic equipment and testing protocols emphasizing concepts underlying construction of equipment; with focus on tonometry, retinoscopy, and refractometry, keratometry concepts and skills, as well as vital signs.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

OPHT 3106—Clinical Skills Laboratory 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, advanced tonometry, and basic Humphrey visual fields; with proper usage and maintenance of equipment.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

OPHT 3201—General Medical Knowledge & Terminology
Provides the student instruction in basic medical terminology, a general overview of human anatomy and physiology, and systemic illnesses.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 3202—Introduction to Ophthalmic Technology, Medical Law, and Ethics
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.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 3203—Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
Provides the student a detailed knowledge of the normal anatomy and physiology of the eye and orbit.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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, vergence lenses and mirrors.  The object-image relationships, magnification, and graphical analysis of simple and thick lens systems will also be discussed.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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, and verification.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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 and their schedules.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 3209—Ocular Motility I
Acquaints the student with normal and abnormal binocular vision, including evaluation of motor and sensory status.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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.   (4 Credits, Clinic)

OPHT 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.  (5 Credits, Clinic)

OPHT 3611—Clinical Practicum II
Continuation of Clinical Practicum 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.  (6 Credits, Clinic)

OPHT 4101—Clinical Skills Laboratory IV
Continue to develop clinical skills including familiarizing the student with advanced protocols required for performing the following ophthalmic tests and procedures: contact lens fitting & evaluation, ophthalmic photography and angiography, and basic Goldmann perimetry.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

OPHT 4108—Clinical Skills Laboratory V
Continue to develop clinical skills including familiarizing the student with advanced protocols required for performing the following ophthalmic tests and procedures: Biometry, advanced Goldmann perimetry, ocular motility, and surgical assisting.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

OPHT 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 studied.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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 biomicrography.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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 patients.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 4303—Special Testing
Familiarizes the student with special testing procedures not normally accomplished during routine ophthalmic examinations.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 4306—Special Topics
Introduces student to 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.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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 procedures.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

OPHT 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.  (5 Credits, Clinic)

OPHT 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.  Students will learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation for certification by the American Red Cross.  (5 Credits, Clinic)