Learn the scientific principles imperative to ensuring optimal eye care as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians and medical technologists.

The Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting certificate program prepares students to operate as medical office professionals with specialized knowledge in ophthalmic (eye health) and optometric (vision care) terminology and clinical procedures.

Throughout the program, students will learn the scientific principles imperative to ensuring optimal eye care as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and medical technologists. This program is unique in that it includes a combination of ophthalmic and optometric competencies, providing graduates with skill sets for two professions in one program.

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks and effective communication skills in English usually experience greater success in these programs.

Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.

Basic computer skills are essential for success in this program.

Programme Structure

  • Anatomy & Applied Terminology 
  • Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Ophthalmic Practice
  • Ophthalmic and Optometric Skills 
  • Systemic and Ocular Pathology & Pharmacology
  • Applied Ophthalmic & Optometric Assisting
  • Ophthalmic Instruments & Testing
  • Assisting Surgical Procedures
  • Clinical Practicum

Entry Requirement

  • Students with a pass in the ADVANCE LEVEL EXAMINATION, in at least two (2) papers, one of which must include BIOLOGY, with the other being PHYSICS or MATHEMATICS issued by the Cameroon GCE board or any other recognized equivalents.
  • For the top-up degree program, the candidate should have passed the HPD/HND, in clinical optometry or clinical optician, or should have pass the other exams conducted by the boards/ councils/intermediate examinations established by state governments /central governments and recognized as equivalence to a 3-year pre – university examination by the university of Buea and St Louis University Institute of Health and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Also, student who have completed the pre-university course with vocational ophthalmic or optometric technician as their optional subject are eligible for admission into the Bachelor’s of either programs course. The selection of students eligible for the course of medical laboratory sciences shall be based strictly on merit.
  • Selection of student shall be based on merit provided that the candidate must have obtained above 50% marks in the HDP/HND/DSEP or other equivalent examinations.
  • English shall be the medium of instruction and examinations for all courses in the programme. All students shall be tested for language proficiency by the Bamenda linguistic center.
  • Be of age 17 and above as of the year of academic admission.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as

  • ophthalmic assistant
  • optometric assistant

Related careers include:

  • optical laboratory technician
  • optometrist ophthalmologist

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