• CERTIFICATION:QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services
    • Level 3 Certificate for Optometric Clinical Assistant
      Level 3 Certificate for Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant
  • DURATION:One Year

This course will enable learners to work as an ophthalmic assistant providing patient care, customer service and administration assistance while supporting the wider ophthalmology team with daily clinical tasks. Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills required to ensure a high standard of patient care and an efficient patient journey through the clinic.

Programme of Study
  • Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Biology
  • Retail Selling
  • Statistics
  • Roles in Optical Practice
  • Provision & Use of Spectacle Frames
  • Sight Test & Low Vision Service
  • Contact Lens Service & Practice
  • Visual System Pathology
  • Light Applied to Optics
  • Optical Dispensing

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following: 

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Cert Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may progress directly into employment as an ophthalmic assistant under the supervision of a licensed ophthalmologist

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: Graduates may progress to a range of related courses in universities and technological universities as listed below.

TUD - TU Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • BSc (Ord) in Ophthalmic Dispensing, Optometry TU761

Glasgow Caledonian University:

  • BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing Management B502

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