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Principles of Therapeutics CPPD

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Course overview

The emphasis of the Principles of Therapeutics (Online) module 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.

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The Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London 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.

Candidates entering the full independent prescribing (IP) programme will complete a three module scheme (Principles of Therapeutics, Principles of Prescribing and Independent Prescribing) and complete the requisite clinical placement days. Candidates may opt to exit after Principles of therapeutics and Principles of Prescribing (following completion of a clinical placement) and qualify as an Additional Supply (AS) optometrist by taking the College of Optometrists’ Common Final Assessment (CFA) in AS.

An RPEL arrangement will be used to import postgraduate credits from the clinical placement aspect of the CFA to allow students qualifying in IP to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or use the credits towards a Diploma or MSc.

Module dates

Term 1

SEP: Tuesday 24 September 2019

Examination Date: 24 March 2020

Term 2

FEB: Tuesday 18 February 2020

Examination Date: October 2020

Students require at least 17 weeks with the material, so those joining in September will be examined in March 2020 and those joining in February will be examined in October 2020.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

  • You should normally be a UK-registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council
  • Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Professor John Lawrenson

    John joined City University London in 1994, he is Professor of Clinical Visual Science. Following a first degree in biochemistry at Cardiff University, John studied optometry at Aston University, graduating with a first class honours degree. After a pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London he undertook postgraduate research at ...

  • Dr Michelle Hennelly

    Dr Hennelly is the MSc Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Optometry, MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Clinical Optometry) and MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner). She is a qualified optometrist who completed her PhD at City University in 2002. ...

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