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Ophthalmic Technology Program

Program Director: Lori J. Wood, MSEd., COMT, Assistant Professor

The Certificate Program in Ophthalmic Technology is offered by the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU). The 22-month program begins the end of August of each year and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP).

The pre-clinical and general-education courses are offered at or may be transferred into ODU. The clinical courses are offered through Old Dominion at Tri-Cities in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Students learn and work closely with ophthalmology residents and staff in clinical facilities in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and many private ophthalmologists' offices.

As a condition of graduation, students are required to sit for the national board certification exams given by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

After successful completion of the program, 60 college credits are earned and may be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from ODU. The program is one of two in the country that grant college credits leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Ophthalmic Technology Track in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences:

I.General Education Requirements: 38-47 Credit Hours

Subjects

Credits
ENGL 110C    Composition I 3

(Select one course)

ENGL 211C
ENGL 221C
ENGL 231C

 

Composition II
Writing in Social Sciences
Technical + Scientific Writing

3
MATH 102M College Algebra or Higher (Dept. requirement) 3

(Select one course)

ARTH 121A
ARTS 122A 
MUSC 264A 
DANC 185A 
THEA 241A
COMM 270A/THEA 270A

Intro to the Visual Arts
Visual Communication
Music/History/Culture
Dance + Audience
The Theater Experience 
 Film Appreciation

3
OPHS 330 Clinical Sciences II 3

(Select one course)
HIST 100H
HIST 101H
HIST 102H
HIST 193H
HIST 104H
HIST 105H


World
Asia
Europe
US
Latin Am
Africa

3

(Select one course)
ENGL 112L
ENGL 114L
FLET 100L

Enjoying Literature
American Literature
World Literature

3

(Select one course)
PHIL 230E
PHIL 345E
PHIL 441E
PHIL 442E
Any PHIL 'P' course

Intro to Ethics
Bioethics (PREFERRED)
Foundations of Ethics
Studies in Applied Ethics

3
PSY 201 Human Behavior 3

Bio 115N and 116N

OR Any two 'N' courses

The Nature of Sciences 8

 

HLTH 120G or
IT 150G or
CS 121G

OR Any two 'N' courses

Info Literacy for Health Prof'ls or
Information Literacy for Business and Social Science or
INTRO INFO LITERACY-SCIENTISTS

3

 

HIST 304T or
Other 'T' courses also accepted

History of Med/Diseases +HlthTech

3

COMM 101R,103R,OR 112R

Public speaking, voice + Diction or Interpersonal Communications

0

101F**
102F**

Foreign Language**

0

* Students who have received an AA or AS degree from the Virginia Community College System (except the AS in General Studies awarded prior to April 1993) receive waiver of lower division General Education Requirements.

** Students may complete the Foreign Language 101F/102F requirement by earning 3 high school credits in one foreign language or 4 high school credits in two foreign languages.

II. UPPER DIVISION GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES: Any Minor, or 2nd Major, or 2nd Degree or

Any two 300-400 level courses from outside of and not required by the student's major and college. 0- 6 Credit Hours.

Course could be met w/ UD PHIL 'E' and UD Technology 'T' courses above Credits

PHIL 345E (preferred) OR
HIST 304T

Bioethics
Medicine, Disease, and Telehealth Care

3
OR COMM 327T, CS 300T, ENGL 307T, GEOG 306T, HIST 300t, 389t, HIST/SCI386T, IT 360T, MUSC 335T, PHIL 383T, PHIL 383T, POLS 350T, STEM 110T,370T, WMST 390T (Be sure you have prereqs for these.) (Select Associate Degreesmay satisfy the 'T' REQ)

 

III. PROFESSIONAL PREREQUISITES 11-13 Credit Hours

Course Credits

BIOL 250

Anatomy + Physiology (Required)

4

BIOL 103 (Suggested)

Addionional Math or Science

4

STAT 130M (Suggested)

Addionional Math or Science

3

Electives (Additional credits to total 120)

0-2

 

IV. HEALTH SCIENCES CORE COURSES 9 Credit Hours

Course could be met w/ UD PHIL 'E' and UD Technology 'T' courses above Credits

PHIL 345E (preferred) OR
HIST 304T

Bioethics
Medicine, Disease, and Telehealth Care

3
OR COMM 327T, CS 300T, ENGL 307T, GEOG 306T, HIST 300t, 389t, HIST/SCI386T, IT 360T, MUSC 335T, PHIL 383T, PHIL 383T, POLS 350T, STEM 110T,370T, WMST 390T (Be sure you have prereqs for these.) (Select Associate Degreesmay satisfy the 'T' REQ)

 

III. PROFESSIONAL PREREQUISITES 11-13 Credit Hours

Course Credits

REQUIRED: CHP 450

Public + Community Health Administration (oral)

3

Choose ONE writing intensive course...................................
CHP 415W
CHP 430W
MEDT 403W

Choose ONE writing intensive course...................................
Critical Issues in Health Care
Community Health Resources
Management in a Clinical Setting

3

And one other core course: (both are offered fall only).....................
NMED 300 (preferred)
DNTH 415 (prereq STAT 130M)

And one other core course: (both are offered fall only).....................
Medical Terminology (preferred)
Research Methods for Health Professionals (prereq STAT 130M)

3

 

V.OPHTHALMIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM COURSES 60 Credit Hours

Fall Semester
OPHS 311 Patient Evaluation and Data Collection 4
OPHS 312 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 3
OPHS 320 Clinical Sciences I 5
OPHS 321 Technical Skills I 3
Spring Semester
OPHS 330 Clinical Sciences II 3
OPHS 335 Special Diagnostic Testing 5
OPHS 337 Clinical Education I 4
Summer Semester
OPHS 350 Clinical Education II 5
OPHS 352 Clinical Topics/Problem Solving 2
Fall Semester
OPHS 420 Special Rotation I 5
OPHS 421 Special Rotation II 5
OPHS 430 Advanced Topics I 3
Spring Semester
OPHS 422 Special Rotation III 5
OPHS 423 Special Rotation IV 5
OPHS 440 Advanced Topics II 3

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: 120 Credit Hours

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  2. Passing score on the Exit Exam of Writing Proficiency (may be taken upon completion of 58 hours).
  3. Completion of Senior Assessment (during last semester).
  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall.
  5. 2.0 in the major.
  6. 2.0 in the minor.
  7. Completion of 30 semester hours with ODU.
  8. Must take written National Board Exam with JCAHPO prior to graduation.

For more information contact:

Program Director:  Ms. Lori J. Wood 
Telephone:  (757) 686-6220   
Email:  lwood@odu.edu