Credit value: 40 masters level credits
Mode of delivery: Distance Learning
Course type: Professional Accreditation Course
Fees: £2200. The costs for the clinical placement, which is to be arranged by each trainee, can vary, depending on the fees, if any, imposed by the respective HES. There is also an examination fee for the Common Final Assessment, charged by the College of Optometrists.
Start date: March and October
Application deadline: For courses starting in March, the deadline is 25 January. For courses starting in October, the deadline is 23 August.
Duration: Two periods of 4 months each
Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend around 10 hours a week throughout the duration of the course, equivalent to 400 hours of study in total. The Clinical Placement section requires a minimum of 12 days in placement (24 sessions of not less than 3 hours).
Entry requirement: At present the Independent Prescriber course is open to GOC registered applicants who:
- Have been registered for at least 2 years before commencing their clinical placement.
- Have up-to-date knowledge and experience in their intended area of practice. This could be relevant experience obtained in the hospital eye service, at a specialist eyecare practice or in a shared care scheme. After completing the theoretical training, optometrists are required to undertake a clinical placement under the supervision of an ophthalmologist and pass a final examination set by the College of Optometrists.
- The clinical placement is the candidate’s responsibility to organise. In line with GOC requirements, all applicants must provide an individual letter of support (usually from an ophthalmologist) regarding the placement for acceptance on to Aston’s Independent Prescribing course.
Key applicant information:
- As part of the application process, you will be required to send in certified copies of your ID and Degree certificate. The clinical placement is the candidate’s responsibility to organise. In line with GOC requirements, all applicants must provide an individual letter of support (usually from an ophthalmologist) regarding the placement for acceptance on to Aston’s Independent Prescribing course.
- We have a cap of 30 students per intake and therefore recommend applying early. Please note we have received a large number of applications for the October 2020 intake, and will assess applications on a first come, first served basis.