How to become an orthoptist

Orthoptic undergraduate education is undertaken at the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield and, from 2012, Glasgow Caledonian University. The course is three years in duration (four years in Glasgow, as Honours degrees generally last for four years in Scotland) and comprises an integrated theoretical and practical programme. Block clinical placements occur throughout each year and so the academic year can be extended up to 42 weeks.

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                                                        Student orthoptist Matthew Costello, learning about perimetry


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The degree programmes are designed to develop professional expertise for clinical practice and develop effective communication, organisation and evaluation skills.

The courses aim to provide the student with a secure foundation of understanding of the relevant basic sciences, upon which practical orthoptic skills can be acquired, through a wide-ranging clinical teaching. Clinical experience is gained not only in the hospital setting, but also in the community and special schools.

Clinical placements are undertaken at participating orthoptic departments throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

    Liverpool university student Erin, learning how to use the Lees screen during her Dublin placement.