Integrative Organ Systems and Disease
Clinical medicine surveys the optometric and medical diagnosis and management of commonly encountered systemic conditions. It reviews physical examination, laboratory testing procedures and management strategies of numerous medical conditions using lecture and case presentation formats. Both optometric and medical clinicians participate in the presentations. In addition, students are taught and certified in CPR, defibrillation and First Aid procedures (summer, fall semesters)
Integrative Ocular and Systemic Disease
Presents an extensive discussion of the diagnosis and management of posterior segment (vitreal, choroidal, retinal) conditions (summer, fall semesters)
Integrative Neuro-Visual Sciences
Continues with basic concepts in human development with emphasis on the developmental changes in infancy, childhood and late adulthood and their effect on various motor, perceptual and visual functions (summer semester).
Culminates in the third year (fall semester)
with a discussion of the diagnostic methods (e.g., CT, MRI, MRA, ultrasound) and management of patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders.
Optometric Principles and Management of Vision Problems
Advances to an in-depth preparation in normal and abnormal binocular function. Students are prepared to evaluate, diagnose and manage amblyopia using lenses, occlusion and vision therapy (summer semester). The sequence proceeds to areas of comitant and non-comitant strabismus, including etiology, prognosis, evaluation, and treatment of various types of strabismus (fall semester).
Special Topics in Environmental Optometry concentrates on the study, management, and control of natural and human factors in the environment that can affect the health and visual status of patients (spring semester).
Module 5 concludes with targeted emphasis in the areas of Vision Rehabilitation, Pediatric/Infant Vision, and Ophthalmic Lasers. Included are: the rehabilitative management of the visually impaired patient, the evaluation and management of vision problems in pediatric and infant patients, and basic and applied ophthalmic lasers, including concepts in laser physics and laser tissue interactions (summer, fall semesters).
Principles and Practice of Optometric Medicine
Progressive competencies are developed throughout the third year. Clinical activities and responsibilities associated with professional practice include greater examination efficiency, enhanced diagnostic abilities, and development of appropriate treatment and management plans (summer semester).
The internship program concludes at the end of the fall term of the third professional year with the highest expectation of cognitive, technical, and analytical skills necessary for transition to the more intensive clinical demands of the off-campus externships (fall semester).
Integrative Approaches to Clinical Problem Solving
Concludes with advanced case studies with emphasis on integrative skills and the refinement of clinical decision-making. Special attention is given to patient management, responsibility for life-long learning and maintaining continuing competency (summer, fall semesters).
Strategies for Personal and Professional Development
The curriculum for Personal and Professional Development progresses, with special emphasis on business and practice management principles, as well as the essentials of health care organization and optometric jurisprudence. Added emphasis is given to employment opportunities, the purchase of a practice, association, partnerships, starting a practice and employment contracts.
Students are oriented to the major organizational issues facing the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, managed care and public and private financing options (fall, spring semesters).