Application: 7-20 January 2021
Tuition: 10000€/academic year for non-EU students
Life expectancy has increased dramatically in recent decades. Healthcare priorities shift from infection and acute care to chronic disease care and the management of disabilities. These circumstances begin to challenge health care systems and providers. Increased health care costs drive the need for diverse public health strategies. Future eye care needs specialised clinical professionals who are skilled to work in multidisciplinary health care teams. Become Master of Health Care, Clinical Optometry at Oamk!
Educational and professional objectives
This education provides biomedical and specialised ocular sciences at the advanced level and gives you further competency to practice clinical optometry. In addition, you will learn to recognize ocular signs of systemic diseases that can be used as information for treating patients' general health, or that may lead to the previous detection of unidentified systemic health disorders. A multidisciplinary approach to manage patients who require treatment for their chronic and/or acute conditions and the need for appropriate referrals will also be taught.
After graduation, you will be able to work independently as a clinical eye specialist; clinical instructor and lecturer, or a clinical researcher in different kind of eye care organisations as a part of a multidisciplinary health care team on a national and international level.
Possible job titles after graduation
Lead eye clinician / Lead optometrist
Clinical instructor and lecturer
The key content areas are:
Assessment, management and symptom-based treatment of the ocular and related systemic health conditions.
Acting in a multidisciplinary healthcare organisation.
Conducting evidence-based research and using that for enhancing evidence-based clinical decision-making skills in an interdisciplinary healthcare organization.
This education is offered as a flexible part-time-based education, partly online, and partly on-campus. Education consists of 6 theory modules (clinical biomedicine and advanced ocular sciences) that also include clinical workshops. Four modules are offered annually. Contact teaching on campus lasts 2 days. After completion of theory modules, students will complete their mentor-guided research activities.
Structure of studies
Methods of research and knowledge production module 10 ETCS
Clinical biomedicine 10 ETCS
Advanced ocular sciences 10 ETCS
Neurology and neuro-optometry 10 ETCS
Pharmacology 10 ETCS
Electives: Binocular vision; Pediatric optometry; Specialty contact lenses; Low vision; Ocular surgery; Diagnostic pharmacology; Clinical biomedical research; Special training in primary eye care 10 ETCS
Research 30 ETCS
Oamk keeps the rights what electives are offered in the current year.
Didactic work will be evaluated competency area-based using multiple-choice question examinations. Scientific work will be evaluated based on written work and oral examinations.
The studies include a 30-credit research-oriented research development task, ie Master thesis. Students will start to work with their Master thesis immediately at the beginning of their studies. The thesis is typically a work-oriented development project that produces novel research data for the field of eye care. You can do your Masterwork in your workplace, or even as a start-up plan for your own business. You can also do your thesis in the Oamk project.
Preparing the master thesis requires a systematic approach, content expertise, independent judgments on how to limit the work, methodological competence, collaboration, and interaction skills as well as presentation and publishing skills.
The master thesis is a mentor-guided research project that represents students’ individual work. The final thesis, including the consultation and topic approval with the instructing lecturer, is started at the beginning of the studies. Students will continue their thesis throughout their studies until the second intensive period when the thesis should be finished. The number of online meetings and consultations with instructing lecturer are offered to help students with their thesis project.
Course instructors from multiple medical and health care disciplines have an international level of degrees and working experience, providing an exciting learning environment. You will mainly perform your clinical work at your workplace. Oamk encourages students to arrange international clinical replacements that complement the international aspect of their individual work. Students have a possibility for an international externship rotation.
Content of studies
This education is offered as a flexible part-time-based education, partly online, and partly on-campus. Education consists of 6 theory modules that also include clinical workshops. Four modules are offered annually. Intensive contact teaching on campus will last for two (2) days. After completion of theory modules, students will complete their mentor-guided research activities. Higher education studies require you to commit yourself to an active and independent working approach.
Applicants must have completed an Optometrist's bachelor's degree or higher. Finnish vocational-level optician degree or an international Optometrist's diploma degree and Optician's diploma degree from the field of optometry also fulfil the application criteria. In addition, the applicants must have an education that allows them to use diagnostic pharmaceutical medications, license to fit contact lenses as well as two (2) years of work experience in a relevant field. The relevant field is considered to be the area for which you are now applying for and the field from which the degree will be awarded.
International applicants who have not obtained the education that provides them with the rights to use the diagnostic pharmaceuticals in their home country will perform pharmacology and diagnostics course as their elective module. All qualification criteria must have been completed by the 31st of July 2021. Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in Finland (in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree. In such cases, too, at least two years of work experience obtained in a relevant field is required.
New degree programme students will be selected based on the written assignment, which includes the following documents: 1. Cover letter 2. Curriculum vitae 3. Preliminary study plan describing the master thesis' development The documents should be submitted in the online application in English and as a pdf format electronic document by 29 January 2021 at 3 pm Finnish time. The advance assignment is evaluated on a scale of approved/rejected.
The cover letter (minimum 600 words) The purpose of the cover letter is to outline the applicant's motivation and to share his/her interests and goals and the readiness to study in the programme. In practice, it explains the reason why the applicant should be accepted as a student. The applicant describes his/her career and plans and how the studies are related to it. The applicant also presents how he/she intends to organize the studies taking into account work and life situation. The applicant also evaluates his/her current skills in relation to the curriculum of applied education.
The curriculum vitae should be presented in a tight format. It should show, among other things, completed studies, work history and a list of publications if applicable.
The preliminary plan describing a development challenge (minimum 600 words) The preliminary plan should demonstrate at least one key challenge from the applicant's previous (or current) workplace environment which is in need of an innovative solution that improves clinical delivery of eye care. One of the most important evaluation criteria of the preliminary plan is the concreteness of the plan. The plan demonstrates the applicant's capability to approach working life-based development assignment. The development assignment can be the theme of the master thesis.
The selection criteria consist of a written assignment and an interview (100 points total). Applicant's English skills will be evaluated based on the written assignment and interview. All eligible candidates who have submitted the written assignment will be invited to an individual online interview which will be held in April 2020. Interview topics include:
Clinical work experience
Future challenges of eye care
Basic ocular anatomy and physiology- and pathology-related questions
To fulfil the admissions criteria, the applicant must meet all applicant criteria and receive at least 20 points in total from the written assignment and interview. International applicants who do not have the rights to use diagnostic pharmaceuticals in their home country will perform pharmacology and diagnostics course as their elective module. There will be a certain amount of study places available in the open university, which allows you to complete the modules before the criteria for 2 years of work experience are met. Studies in open university can be accepted when the criteria are met and written course-specific exams are completed at this stage.
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