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General Ocular Therapeutics 

pharmacology - CPD


  Key facts:

  • 20 masters level credits
  • Distance learning 
  • Standalone module
  • Module code: OP4GOT

This course is for you you wish to study ocular pharmacology but "Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics" and "Prescribing for Disorders of the Eye" are not suitable (e.g. non-optometrists; those who do not have easy access to patients for case records; students based outside of the UK).

  • Please note: Students who have previously completed "Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics" and "Prescribing for Disorders of the Eye" may not undertake this module
  • Credit value: 20 masters level credits  
  • Mode of delivery: Distance Learning
  • Course type: Standalone Module
  • Module code: OP4GOT
  • Number of places available: Up to 30 
  • Start date: October
  • Duration: 16 weeks   
  • Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend up to 200 hours of study in total. 
  • Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry

How to apply

  • Applications are currently open for our next intake
  • Closing date: 31 August
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For 2018 entry: £1100

The module aims to provide a background to ocular pharmacology for students where OP4OT1 and OP4OT2 may not be suitable (e.g. non-optometrists; those who do not have easy access to patients for case records; students based outside of the UK). The coursework requirement consists of an evidence-based essay on the use of ophthalmic drugs, along with online tests relating to each lecture. Students who have previously completed OP4OT1 or OP4OT2 may not undertake this module.

Following successful completion of this module, the students should be able to show: 

  • knowledge of ocular immunology and microbiology  
  • an understanding of pharmacology and relate this to ocular therapeutic drugs 
  • an understanding of his or her role, an awareness of the limitations of his or her clinical experience and an ability to work within the limits of his or her professional competence  
  • an ability to identify the nature and severity of the presenting condition and to understand an appropriate patient-specific clinical management plan  
  • an understanding of the need to monitor the response to treatment, to review both the working and the differential diagnosis, and to modify treatment or refer / consult / seek guidance as appropriate  
  • an understanding of prescribing, safety, appropriate and cost effectiveness  
  • an understanding of the importance of taking a shared approach to decision making by assessing patients’ needs for medicines, taking account of their preferences and values and those of their carers when making prescribing decisions  
  • an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing  
  • an understanding of working within clinical governance frameworks 

Following successful completion of this module, you will have developed:

  • a knowledge of ocular immunology and microbiology  
  • an understanding of pharmacology and relate this to ocular therapeutic drugs 
  • an understanding of his or her role, an awareness of the limitations of his or her clinical experience and an ability to work within the limits of his or her professional competence  
  • an ability to identify the nature and severity of the presenting condition and to understand an appropriate patient-specific clinical management plan  
  • an understanding of the need to monitor the response to treatment, to review both the working and the differential diagnosis, and to modify treatment or refer / consult / seek guidance as appropriate  
  • an understanding of prescribing, safety, appropriate and cost effectiveness  
  • an understanding of the importance of taking a shared approach to decision making by assessing patients’ needs for medicines, taking account of their preferences and values and those of their carers when making prescribing decisions  
  • an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing  
  • an understanding of working within clinical governance frameworks 

This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

The coursework requirement consists of an evidence-based essay on the use of ophthalmic drugs, along with online tests relating to each lecture. 

Our courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

The Optometry CPD courses allow you to develop specialist knowledge in advanced optometric topics. Clinical application and content may allow eye care professionals to widen and specialise their mode of practice. 

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

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