Optometry - Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists - Online

Ulster University - Coleraine

Optometry - Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists - Online

Learn to increase your scope of practice and manage and treat a wider range of ocular conditions.

This programme compliments and extends our current General Optical Council approved BSc (Hons) Optometry course which has been producing high quality graduates for over 20 years. Designed in collaboration with ophthalmologists, pharmacists and independent prescribing optometrists, the course consists of two 30-credit modules: Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing; and Assessment, Management and Treatment of Ocular Conditions.

Each module will comprise 12 online lectures supplemented with additional reading, structured discussion boards and assessment. The second module will be supplemented by a face-to-face teaching session which will help to prepare you for your clinical placement and The College of Optometrists Independent Prescribing Examination (Therapeutics Common Final Assessment).

Assessment will examine both the theory and practice of prescribing comprising a variety of methods including written assignments, multiple choice questions, Visual Identification and Management of Ophthalmic Conditions (VIMOCs), contribution to structured discussion boards and case studies.

For further course details please visit the College website.

Entry requirements

If English is not your first language, this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0, or equivalent. Visit ulster.ac.uk/englishrequirements for more details on English language requirements.

For full entry requirements please visit the College website.

Application dates

Application is through the University's online application system.


Part-time/Online. This course is taught online so you can study where you want, when you want.

Enrolment dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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