Why Should you enrol in the short Learning Programme for Ophthalmic Assistants?

The course , Level 1 & 2 , 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 1 introduce relatively inexperienced personnel to the basic concepts of an ophthalmic practice, while level 2 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 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.

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.



1 - Basic Course

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 need 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 1) 3 (THREE) months
Enrolment (Level 1)
The programme has 2 (TWO) intakes for 2018 and will commence on the following dates:
Intake 1:

Registration: 1 January 2018 - 28 February 2018
Course: 1 April 2018 - 30 June 2018
Examination: 6 July 2018
Assignment: Date will be communicated to the student via email.

Intake 2:

Registration: 1 May 2018 - 30 June 2018
Course: 1 August 2018 - 31 October 2018
Examination: 9 November 2018
Assignment: Date will be communicated to the student via email.
Requirements (Level 1) - 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 letters and completion pf assignments.
Fees 2018 (Level 1) R2 800.00

above mentioned fee includes all costs for the course:
- Administration
- Study manual
- Courier costs
- Certificate of Competence(after successful completion of the course)


Level 2 (Advanced Course)

Comprises of 9 (NINE) study units with a total of 480 recommended study hours.
Study Unit 1 Ophthalmic Pharmacology
Study Unit 2 Microbioligy
Study Unit 3 History taking of the ophthalmic patient
Study Unit 4 Preliminary examination of the eye.
Study Unit 5 Refractive errors
Study Unit 6 Coomon eye disorders
Study Unit 7 Systemic diseases and ocular manifestations
Study Unit 8 Assistance with minor surgical procedures in the consuloting rooms
Study Unit 9 The ophthalmic patient
Duration of Course(Level 2) 6 (SIX) months
Enrolment (Level 2)
The programme will only have 1 (ONE) intake for 2018 and will commence on the following dates:
Intake 1:

Registration: 1 February 2018 - 31 March 2018
Course: 1 May 2018 - 31 October 2018
Examination: 9 November 2018
Assignment: Date will be communicated to the student via email.
Requirements (Level 2) - Successful completion of Level 1
- 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 letters and completion pf assignments.
Fees 2018 (Level 2) R3 000.00

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 2)
Examination Admission (Level 1 & 2)
Submission of assignment will ensure your registration for the examination and you will be noted as an "active student"
Calculation of marks (Level 1 & 2)
the following framework will be used:
Assignment mark: 100%
Practical mark: 100%
Theoretical mark: 100%

In order to pass the Ophthalmic Assistant course Level 1 and 2 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 enrolmen.
Acknowledgement for the completion of the course:
- Certificate of Competence (OSSA approved)