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Chicago College of Optometry

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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OPTOD 1582-5

Optometry Competency

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These courses serve to enhance the mastery of optometry knowledge, skills, techniques, and concepts. A course in this sequence may be assigned by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee to a student who has been academically decelerated after receiving a non-passing grade in a required course within the Doctor of Optometry curriculum. The course is assigned for 1- 12 credit hours during the quarter in which the student repeats the failed course. The assigned course will include content previously completed that is deemed critical for success in the Doctor of Optometry curriculum. This is a pass/fail course; letter grades are not assigned. The student who fails to successfully complete the assigned Optometry Competency course will be referred to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee and may be dismissed from the college.

Credits: Each course 1-12

Prerequisite

Approval of the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, or Dean

OPTOD 1682-5

Selected Studies

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This course allows students to pursue their special interests. This may include writing of abstracts or a review of current vision science literature. This may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

Credits: Each course 1-3

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1760

Study Skills Enhancement

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This course allows students to understand and apply test-taking strategies in order to increase their success in professional studies.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1761

Applied Basic Science Review

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This is a review course designed to assist students in identifying topic areas that require additional study in preparation for licensing exams.

Credits: 1-3

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1793-6

Third Year Clinical Skills Enhancement

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Individualized supervised clinical experiences to enhance the examination skills of students are the focus of this course. This course may be repeated for credit.

Credits: Each course 1-7.5

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1797

Spanish for Optometric Eye Exams

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This course emphasizes the vocabulary associated with the optometric examination. Students are expected to develop basic communication skills in Spanish. This course is intended for students with minimal knowledge of the Spanish language.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1798

Sports Vision Workshop

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This course presents the basics of sports vision evaluation and therapy. The steps involved in performing a comprehensive sports vision examination as well as techniques to evaluate sports-related visual performance will be introduced. Different considerations for sports vision will be discussed, including refractive compensation, prevention and management of ocular injury, assessment and remediation of functional vision inefficiencies, assessment of sports-specific visual abilities, vision enhancement training techniques, and sports vision consultation. This course includes both lectures and workshops.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1799

Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury

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This course explores the visual and ocular effects that occur as a result of acquired traumatic brain injury. The mechanism of the neurological and visual presentation following acquired brain injury is discussed, including primary and secondary injury. The course will explore imaging and electrodiagnostics as diagnostic tools and will cover the staging and implementation of various optometric management and treatment rationales with an emphasis on interdisciplinary care.

Credits: 1

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director

OPTOD 1894-7

Fourth Year Clinical Skills Enhancement

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Individualized supervised clinical experiences to enhance the examination skills of students are the focus of this course. This course may be repeated for credit.

Credits: Each course 1-18

Prerequisite

Permission of the course director