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UKZN B Optometry Requirements

The requirements for undertaking the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) B Optometry .

Bachelor of Optometry

CHS – OPTM 1 Selection for the Bachelor of Optometry

Candidates are eligible to apply for selections to register for the qualification of Bachelor of Optometry provided they have

  1. a) an NSC degree pass with English, Life Orientation level 4 and Mathematics 4 and Life Sciences or Physical Science at Level 4

(b)            33 points excluding Life Orientation

CHS – OPTM 2 Curriculum for the Bachelor of Optometry

The curriculum for the qualification Bachelor of Optometry, comprising modules with a total credit point value of 512 credit points as approved by the Senate, shall extend over eight semesters of full-time study. All modules in the curriculum shall be compulsory.

CHS – OPTM 3 Clinical Experience

  1. a) All final year students shall be required to produce verified records (by approved clinical supervisors) of their personal performance of a minimum of 130 supervised optometric examinations of patients (including 10 patients with ocular pathology) in the internal and external clinics, before the end of the academic year. This will include patients seen in the Level 3 internal and external clinics.
  2. b) All final year students will be required to produce verified records of a minimum number of patients seen in each of the specialist clinics as follows:  Binocular Vision (10), Contact Lenses (15); 6 RGP’s and 9 Softs, Low Vision (10) and Paediatric Vision (10).
  3. c)  All final year students will be required to produce verified records of a minimum of 500 clinical hours completed during the duration of the degree programme.
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CHS – OPTM 4 Attendance

Attendance to all practical and clinical modules are compulsory.

CHS – OPTM 5 Progression requirements

To maintain their good standing, and to avoid either warning for slow academic progress or exclusion from the University, students must maintain minimum rates of progression through their qualifications. Minimum rates of acceptable progression for this qualification are set out below.

Number Semesters

registered

Min. Progression

requirements

“At Risk” threshold

(75% of Maximum)

Normal progression
1 32 48 64
2 64 96 128
3 108 144 192
4 144 192 256
5 180 240 320
6 220 294 392
7 240 320 427
8 297 396 528

 

Curriculum for Bachelor of Optometry (BOPT)
Code Name of Module Credits Semester
Level 1
CHEM110 General Principles of Chemistry 16 1
BIOL103 Introductory Biology for Health Sciences 16 1
MATH150 Mathematics for Natural Sciences 16 1
PHYS131 Intro Physics for Life Sciences & Agriculture 16 1
ANAT103 Introduction to Anatomy & Neuroanatomy 16 1
ANAT108 Anatomy of the Head, Neck & Back 8 2
OPTM141 Introduction to Optometry and Physics 16 2
OPTM142 Community Optometry 16 2
Choose ONE of the following isiZulu modules
ZULN101 Basic isiZulu languages Studies A 16 2
ZULM105 Academic Writing 16 2
ZULN101 (non-Zulu speaking students) ZULM105 (Zulu speaking students)
  Total credits: level 1 136  
 

Level 2

     
BIMI200 Biochemistry and Microbiology for Optometry 16 1
OPTM231 Clinical Techniques I 16 1
HPHS221 Homeostasis 16 1
OPTM242 Ophthalmic Optics I 16 1
OPTM243 Clinical Science for Optometry 16 2
OPTM232 Clinical Techniques II 16 2
HPHS222 Integration and Communication 16 2
OPTM244 Ophthalmic Optics II 16 2
                                                           Total credits: level 2 128
Level 3
OPTM341 Optical Dispensing 16 1
OPTM342 Visual Science I 16 1
PHRM344 General and Ocular Pharmacology 8 2
OPTM343 Visual Science 2 16 2
OPTM351 General Clinic I / grand rounds 16 Year
OPTM344 Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Disease 32 Year
OPTM362 Contact Lenses 1 24 Year
  Total credits: level 3 128
Level 4
OPTM435 Binocular Vision 16 1
OPTM431 Contact Lenses II 16 1
OPTM437 Low Vision 16 1
OPTM433 Paediatric Optometry 16 1
OPTM443 General Clinic II 16 1
OPTM442 Research Methods & Publication for Optometry 32 Year
OPTM444 Clinical Grand Rounds 32 2
  Total credits: Level 4

Complete degree

144

536

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However, if you meet the requirements and wish to apply to study this course. You can simply check the application processes.

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