How do I Choose the Best Optometry Courses?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 18 October 2018
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There are four things to consider when looking for the best optometry courses: prerequisites, course description, qualified instructors, and educational institutes. Optometry courses are available from universities, community and career colleges, and online schools. Optometry is the study of the human eye. There are two levels of optometry courses: university or college. The level of education completed determines the career options available to you.

When selecting a optometry courses, it is very important to read both the course description and the recommended prerequisites. This information is very helpful when deciding if the course is at the proper level of skill to meet your requirements. The course description often includes lecture topics, which will provide an overview of course expectations and deliverables.

A prerequisite is typically a course or set of knowledge that is recommended before starting the class. The instructor will assume that all students have obtained this information, and are prepared to build on this foundation. Although many schools will allow students to register for programs without the prerequisites, your chance of academic success is greatly reduced. Essentially, you will need to learn both the current and the prerequisite material at the same time.


Look for optometry courses taught by a licensed optometrist, or someone with an advanced degree in optometry. The course material can be quite complex, but a knowledgeable instructor can translate it into concepts that can be more easily absorbed. Be prepared to dedicate time and effort to learn these concepts to succeed in this class.

There are a wide range of levels available for optometry classes. Community college optometry courses are very practical and are usually available in the health services school. These courses are aimed at people who want to become optometry technologists or assistants.

University level courses vary in complexity from first year undergraduate courses to doctoral level. Take the time to review the course description and select the best course for you. Review the lesson plan and think about the level of knowledge that you need to obtain.

People who are naturally curious about how the eye works and are interested in working in the health services field, but would prefer a clean environment, enjoy optometry courses. These types of courses can be part of a program in optometry, or can be optional or elective courses for a program in a different health services field. Any information gained through these courses can be quite helpful, regardless of your career choice.



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