Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Optometry
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: JS3650
Duration and Credit Requirement
162 (including 20 clinical/field credits)
Dr Andrew Lam
PhD, MPhil, PDip(Optom), FAAO
- As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
- This programme does not consider second choice applications.
- Applicants are required to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on their reason for choosing the study for BSc (Hons) in Optometry.
- Students will have clinical training in PolyU's Optometry Clinic and Satellite Clinics. The majority of the clients will be Hong Kong Chinese. In the fourth year of the programme, students will start their clinical rotations and the clinical practice will be conducted in English, Cantonese or Putonghua.
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
Students become primary eyecare practitioners with expert knowledge of the eye and the visual system. They gain the knowledge and skills that are necessary to diagnose visual problems and offer treatment options, which may be in the form of optical lenses or visual training.
The journey to becoming an eyecare practitioner begins with a strong foundation in basic life sciences, followed by a thorough grounding in the optometric sciences. In the second half of the programme, students acquire clinical skills that enable them to effectively manage a wide variety of visual problems. The five semesters of supervised clinical training in our Optometry Clinic and our satellite clinics on real patients give students many opportunities to learn to care for patients and consolidate their clinical skills and knowledge.
Throughout the programme, students learn about ethical, professional and legal issues in preparation for clinical practice.
Students participate in clinical training in preparation to be optometrists. The training is in two phases, in the Clinical Laboratory and in the Optometry Clinic, examining real patients.
Our Optometry Clinic, which is unique in Hong Kong, provides an excellent environment for clinical training.
- The programme comprises General University Requirements (GUR) and four main areas of study: basic sciences, optometric sciences, clinical sciences and clinical and professional training.
- Years One and Two concentrate on the general education and basic sciences to establish a sound base of knowledge.
- Years Three and Four develop students' optometric clinical techniques for clinical practice.
- Years Four and Five focus on clinical training (a total of 5 semesters). Students examine patients and gain valuable clinical experience.
- A research project is conducted in Years Four and Five.
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/so.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates are eligible for full registration on Part One of the Register of the Optometrists Board of Hong Kong (OP Board). They can also practise optometry in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the Competency in Optometry Examination (COE) and Assessment of Competence in Ocular Therapeutics (ACOT) hosted by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.
Optometrists are the main providers of vision care in the community. Most of our graduates initially enter optometric practice as employees. Many subsequently establish their own practices. Some of them work in government agencies such as the Hospital Authority and the Department of Health.
Apart from optometric practice, there are also opportunities in the optical industry, particularly in the area of professional services. A small number of our graduates pursue postgraduate research studies locally and overseas.
Additional Documents Required
Applicants are required to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on their reason for choosing the study for BSc (Hons) in Optometry.
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