ERIC Number: ED200095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-19
Reference Count: N/A
Plan for Development of an Educational Program in Rehabilitative Optometry. Final Report.
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, Washington, DC.
The development of a model educational program in rehabilitative optometry is examined in terms of a statement of the scope of practice of the profession, analysis of existing educational programs in the field, and competency objectives to which the model educational program is directed. A survey of nine of the 13 institution members of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry obtained detailed information concerning lectures, laboratories, and clinical experiences for the optometry curriculum. Seven established residency programs in rehabilitative optometry were also assessed in terms of educational content, clinical experience, the format of instruction, interdisciplinary experience, teaching responsibilities of the resident, and selection and followup of residents. Questionnaires were also administered to determine administrative policies and philosophies governing the rehabilitative optometry/low vision clinic, the low vision examination, and coverage given various subject areas in the curriculum. Part of the survey was designed to gain information concerning the extent to which students are trained in the areas of ocular pathology, genetics, and special diagnostic techniques such as electroretinography, electrooculography, and the visual evoked response, along with training in the psychology and sociology of the low vision patient; identification of low vision patients; and information about nonoptometric services. Competency objectives developed in conjunction with the model program are presented. Questionnaires and associated instructions and a bibliography are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Clinical Diagnosis, Clinical Experience, College Curriculum, Competency Based Education, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Educational Objectives, Eyes, Higher Education, Models, Optometry, Partial Vision, Professional Education, Program Descriptions, Rehabilitation, School Surveys, Vision Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, Washington, DC.