OFTALMOLOGIESE VERENIGING VAN SUID-AFRIKA

OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria Ooginstituut / Pretoria Eye Institute
Francis Baard Straat 630 Francis Baard Street
Arcadia
 
Posbus/P.O Box 56184
Arcadia, 0007
Tel: (012) 427-0238 E-mail: diandra@eyeinstitute.co.za

 

 

Ophthalmic Assistant Course - Level l & ll

Why you should enrol in a short learning programme for Ophthalmic Assistants?

  • The course, Level l & ll, is aimed at producing a well trained, motivated, efficient and confident role player in the care of ophthalmic patients.
  • The course is designed to fill a vacuum by providing training for ancillary ophthalmic personnel.
  • Level l will introduce relatively inexperienced personnel to the basic concepts of an ophthalmic practice, while Level ll will enhance your prior knowledge and practical skills in taking care of an ophthalmic patient.

Programme outline

The Ophthalmic Assistant course is an approved course moderated through the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, and presented as means of enhancing quality care in ophthalmic patients, as well as self development. Pretoria Eye Institute plays a crucial role in the administration of the course which includes the development and dispatching of the study material, the co-ordination and evaluation of the assignments and examination papers.

 

It is a distant short learning programme with a theoretical and practical component. The theory entails notes which you will have to work through as well as a compulsory assignment to be handed in on a specific required date - with no postponement. The practical section of this course entails the application of your knowledge and skills. A required list of practical skills will be provided, which must be completed by the student and signed off as well as witnessed by an ophthalmologist or senior practice manager.

 

Level l  - Basic Course

Comprises of 9 (NINE) study units with a total of 240 recommended study hours.

Study Unit 1   :    Terminologies used in Ophthalmology - The Ophthalmic multi-disciplinary team

Study Unit 2   :    Anatomy and physiology of the eye

Study Unit 3   :    Mechanisms of eye diseases and injuries

Study Unit 4   :    Preliminary eye examination

Study Unit 5   :    Ocular emergencies and special needs patients

Study Unit 6   :    Low vision

Study Unit 7   :    Ethics in Ophthalmology

Study Unit 8   :    Office and consulting room efficiency

Study Unit 9   :    Care and maintenance of ophthalmic equipment and instruments

 

Duration of Course (Level I)

3 (THREE) months

 

Enrolment (Level I)

The programme has 2 (TWO) intakes for 2017 and will commence on the following dates:

 

Intake 1:
Registration 1 January 2017 – 28 February 2017
Course commence on 1 April 2017 – 30 June 2017
Examination date 7 July 2017 (Theoretical)
Practical within 2 weeks from theory examination (before 21 July 2017)
Assignment date Will be communicated to the student via email.

 

Intake 2:
Registration 1 May 2017 – 30 June 2017
Course commence on 1 August 2017 – 31 October 2017
Examination date 3 November 2017 (Theoretical)
Practical within 2 weeks from theory examination (before 17 November 2017)
Assignment date Will be communicated to the student via email.

Requirements (Level l)

  • Work in an ophthalmic practice OR
  • Work in an ophthalmic environment under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist who will evaluate your practical skills.
  • Access to the internet for communication purposes, tutorial tests and completion of assignments.

Fees 2017 (Level l)

R 2 800.00

The above mentioned fee includes all costs for the course:

  • Administration
  • Study manual
  • Courier costs
  • Certificate of Competence (after successful completion of the course)

Level ll – Advanced Course

Comprises of 10 (TEN) study units with a total of 480 recommended study hours.

Study Unit 1   :    Common diseases and disorders of the eye

Study Unit 2   :    Systemic diseases and ocular manifestations

Study Unit 3   :    Acquired immune-deficiency syndrome

Study Unit 4   :    Ophthalmic Pharmacology

Study Unit 5   :    Ophthalmic Microbiology and infection control

Study Unit 6   :    History taking of an ophthalmic patient

Study Unit 7   :    Ocular examination

Study Unit 8   :    Refractive errors

Study Unit 9   :    Surgical assisting in the consulting room and care of instruments

Study Unit 10:    Pre- and post-operative management during ocular surgery

 

Duration of Course (Level II)
 
6 (SIX) months

 

Enrolment (Level II)

The programme has 1 (ONE) intake for 2017 and will commence on the following dates:

 

Intake 1:
Registration 1 February 2017 – 30 March 2017
Course commence on 1 May 2017 – 30 October 2017
Examination date 3 November 2017
Assignment date Will be communicated to the student via email.

 

Requirements (Level Il)

  • Successful completion of Level I
  • Work in an ophthalmic practice OR
  • Work in an ophthalmic environment under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist who will evaluate your practical skills.
  • Access to the internet for communication purposes, tutorial tests and completion of assignments.

Fees 2017 (Level Il)

R 3 000.00

The above mentioned fee includes all costs for the course:

  • Administration
  • Study manual
  • Courier costs
  • Certificate of Competence (after successful completion of the course)
  • Ophthalmic Assistant badge (only after successfully completing Level ll)




Examination admission
(Level l & ll)

Submission of assignment will ensure your registration for the examination and you will be noted as an “active student”.

 

Calculation of marks (Level l & ll)

The following framework will be used:

 

Assignment mark 20%
Practical mark 30%
Theoretical mark 50%
Final mark 100%

 

 

In order to pass the Ophthalmic Assistant course Level l & ll you must obtain a minimum mark of 50% in the theoretical and practical examination.  A re-examination can be written once with a result of 40% - 49%.  Should you be unsuccessful in passing the re-examination, you will have to repeat the course with the next enrolment.

 

Acknowledgement for the completion of the course

  • Certificate of Competence  (OSSA approved)

Click here to download the registration from (English)
Click here to download the registration from (Afrikaans)

 

For any further inquiries contact Diandra Pretorius

E-mail: diandra@eyeinstitute.co.za

Tel: (012) 427-0238