The emphasis of the Principles of Therapeutics (Online) course are as follows:
- Gross anatomy of the eye and orbit
- Clinical ocular immunology, microbiology and pharmacology
- Pathogenesis, clinical features and management of disorders of the anterior eye.
The Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City has been providing modular postgraduate training in ocular therapeutics for over 15 years. The purpose of this training has been to provide the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to enable optometrists to manage ocular disease within the context of the legal and regulatory framework provided by the Opticians Act and relevant medicines legislation.
Who is it for?
The course is for GOC-registered optometrists.
Optometrists wishing to become Independent Prescribers are required to complete this course, as well as OVM051/OVM058 (online) Principles of Prescribing and Independent prescribing (in any order). The course is also useful to optometrists wishing to expand their knowledge of eye disease and differential diagnosis.
Principles of Therapeutics is a distance learning web-based text. The units are fully comprehensive and include diagrams and figures to facilitate learning. A one-day workshop runs at the university approximately one month before the assessment.
As this course is online, it can be completed in the evening or weekends alongside full-time working.
Completion of this course (in addition to OVM051/OVM058 and OVM053) will enable optometrists to be entered onto the specialist optometry GOC register for therapeutic prescribing.