B.Sc. (Hons) in Optometry

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Overview

Blindness and vision impairment is significant economic burden on families, communities and society at large leading to loss of productivity and deteriorated quality of life. With the increasing burden of avoidable, life style related blindness the need of eye care professionals is much sought. Optometry, a primary health care profession has the principle public health responsibility in addressing this issue along with other key eye care professionals. Optometry is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an independent profession in association with World Council of Optometry (WCO) – the international optometric organization, representing more than 300,000 optometrists from 87 member organizations in 47 countries. 

Optometrist is an integral part of the hospital and community. Here the student is trained under the guidance of eminent Ophthalmology team & competent faculties in various vision related examination protocols. The course provides exposure, varied learning experiences; stimulate critical thinking on the domains of clinical care, research and community outreach initiatives. Community postings in the form of eye camps will orient the student further towards the issues, burdens and the importance of eye care at a community level. It also enables the student to perform the basic important eye examinations, access the severity and refer the patients to next levels of health care. The student will have an opportunity to nurture the entrepreneurship skills- to establish as an independent practioner. The program prepares the student to integrate knowledge, skills, and attitude to be able to perform professionally in a given situation.

Objective

  • Produces competent optometrists with knowledge and understanding of performing comprehensive visual examination.
  • Trains students to correct refractive errors by providing spectacle/​contact lens/​special devices prescription, and provide specialised therapy for binocular vision, lifestyle diseases with ocular predisposition and counseling on visual/​ocular hygiene with nutritional and environmental modifications.
  • Emphasises competency and outcome-based learning.
  • Helps students develop critical thinking in order to move smoothly from academics to the real work environment and industry.

Highlights

  • Proctoral System:

    Under the Proctoral System, every student is assigned a faculty member as a Proctor or a mentor. 

    These mentors offer guidance, support, and encouragement to students, helping them as they progress along their academic journey. From the choice of electives to their academic performance, from attendance to meeting their credit requirements, students can approach these mentors with any and every query. 

    Proctors also interact with parents/​guardians and keep them updated on the progress of students.

    To ensure that they reap the benefits of the Proctoral System, students are advised to be in regular contact with their Proctors. 

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  • Innovation Centre:

    At the Innovation Centre, students team up with faculty members to bring their innovative ideas to life. 

    Ideas are assessed based on their relevance to and impact on society. These are then translated into working projects that are entered in national and international competitions, and for registration as patents. 

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  • Industry Visit:

    As part of the curriculum, students will visit a few internationally branded optical industries and gain exposure toward levels of manufacturing and troubleshooting of lenses, with scope for further employment at multinational companies. 

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  • Hospital Posting:

    As part of the curriculum, students are posted to relevant departments of the hospital and gain exposure to the actual working of the department at the organisation. Students, in return, need to prepare a report of their observations and recommendations, preparing them for joining the hospital as soon as they graduate.

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  • Outreach Visit:

    Students will be posted to community outreach programs and camps on a regular basis. They will get to interact with patients directly, perform necessary examinations, learn to refer in cases of emergencies, and learn the skills necessary to be a successful clinician. 

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  • Partner Facilities:

    The Ramaiah Group was established in 1962 with a teaching hospital for medical students that was founded in 1985, and a Memorial Hospital in 2014. These hospitals cater to various income levels with a wide range of specialties. Students from AHS get hands-on training and home their skills under supervision at state of art multispecialty hospitals.

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  • Skill-based learning program.
  • Offers a high level of training in clinical, leadership skills, and team development. 
  • Includes internship, training, and placement support with various universities worldwide.
  • Includes expert guest lectures from various institutions and industries.
  • Includes laboratory-work, field trips, community visits, and postings in multiple specialties in hospitals.
  • Offers hands-on training.
  • Uses an interdisciplinary approach
  • Offers clinical exposure and research options in two super-specialty hospitals with more than 2500 beds. 

  • We offer accommodation in student hostels on our campus and even offer third-party off-campus hotels where necessary to ensure students can focus on what matters the most. 
  • Our on-campus facilities include WiFi at any time of the day, 24/7.
  • From a host of eateries and laundry facilities, we ensure that students have access to all facilities.
  • We encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities on campus which include sports and cultural events, both at a university level and a faculty level.
  • We help students focus on independent and sponsored research with projects and a dissertation. 

Structure

Study Domains

  • Humanities and Social Science

    Includes an overview into Communication Skills, Healthcare Delivery Systems, Health Care Professionalism and values, and Sociology.

  • Basic Core Subjects

    A deep dive into the core domains of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, and Pathology

  • Professional Core Courses

    Students are exposed to core subjects of Medical Radiology and Imaging Technology (MRIT) which includes both theory and practical to gain insights to the specialty

  • Open Elective Courses

    Interdisciplinary open elective courses offer a wide range of opportunity for students to expand their horizons.

  • Internship

    Students get a one year of rotatory posting in various units in the hospitals to be groomed as per current needs of the profession

  • GP

    Group Projects

    Students can work on a common project from across multiple disciplines to earn credits. The purpose of this is to learn how to design and develop a research project, to understand basics of biostatistics, validate and commercialise a product, technology or process in their area of specialisation.

  • Directed Clinical Education

    Students are posted in hospitals from the 2nd Semester onwards under supervision to develop their clinical skills

Course Progression

Course Credits Study Domain
General Anatomy

19AHG101A Theory Practicals

4 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
General Physiology

19AHG102A Theory Practicals

3 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
Health Care Delivery Systems of India

19AHG103A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Communication Skills for Health care Professionals -1

19AHG104A Tutorials

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Medical Terminology and Record Keeping

19AHG105A Theory

3 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
Computer Applications

19AHG106A Practicals

2 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
Nutrition

19AHG109A Theory

2 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
Geometrical Optics 1

19OPT101A Theory Practicals

4 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
General Biochemistry

19AHG111A Theory Practicals

3 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
General Pharmacology

19AHG112A Theory Practicals

3 Basic Core Subjects Basic Core Subjects
Health care Professionalism and Values

19AHG113A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Ocular Anatomy

19OPT111A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Ocular Physiology

19OPT112A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Physical Optics

19OPT113A Theory Practicals

4 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Directed Clinical Education 1

19OPT114A Practicals

4 Directed Clinical Education Directed Clinical Education

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Ocular Biochemistry

19OPT201A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Geometric Optics II

19OPT202A Theory Practicals

4 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
General and Ocular Microbiology

19OPT203A Theory Tutorials

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Visual Optics I

19OPT204A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Optometric Optics I

19OPT205A Theory

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Optometric Instruments

19OPT206A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses PCC
Ocular Diseases I

19OPT207A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses PCC
Directed Clinical Education

19OPT210A Practicals

3 Directed Clinical Education Directed Clinical Education

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Clinical Examination of ocular system

19OPT211A Tutorials Practicals

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Optometric Optics –II

19OPT212A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Visual Optics II

19OPT213A Theory Practicals

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Ocular Diseases II

19OPT214A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
General and Ocular Pathology

19OPT215A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Ocular Pharmacology

19OPT216A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Patient Safety and Quality Assurance

19AHG211A Theory Practicals

4 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Directed Clinical Education 3

19OPT220A Practicals

4 Directed Clinical Education Directed Clinical Education

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Contact lens I

19OPT301A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Low Visual Care

19OPT302A Theory Practicals

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Geriatric and Pediatric Optometry

19OPT303A Theory Practicals

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Binocular Vision I

19OPT304A Theory Practicals

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Systemic Diseases

19OPT305A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Medical Psychology

19AHG301A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Constitution of India, Medical law and Ethics

19AHG302A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Environmental Science

19AHG303A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Open Elective I

19OEEXXXX Theory

2 Open Elective Courses Open Elective Courses
Directed Clinical Education 4

19OPT310A Practicals

3 Directed Clinical Education Directed Clinical Education

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Contact lens II

19OPT311A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Binocular Vision II

19OPT312A Theory

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Public Health and Community Optometry

19OPT313A Theory Practicals

3 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Occupational Optometry

19OPT314A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Practice Management

19OPT315A Theory

2 Professional Core Courses Professional Core Courses
Research Methodology and Biostatistics

19AHG310A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Communication Skills for HealthCare Professionals-2

19AHG311A Theory

2 Humanities and Social Science Humanities and Social Science
Open Electives II

19OEEXXXX Theory

2 Open Elective Courses Open Elective Courses
Directed Clinical Education 5

19OPT320A Practicals

3 Directed Clinical Education Directed Clinical Education

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Research Project

19OPT401A Practicals

4 Group project Group project
OPT Internship

19OPT402A Practicals

20 Internship Internship
OPT Internship

19OPT410A Practicals

24 Internship Internship

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Details

Teaching and Assessment:

During each semester, students’ performance is assessed through Continuous Evaluation (CE) and a Semester End Examination (SEE). CE and SEE weightages carry equal weightage.

Students are awarded grades based on the marks scored. 

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Key Skill Development:

  • Ability to work independently or in conjunction with ophthalmologist and health care professionals. 
  • Ability to diagnose, and manage visual defects and impairments, and co-management of ocular conditions. 
  • Ability to dispense vision correction aids and provide therapy under the low vision and binocular vision.
  • Ability to work in hospitals, optical outlets and as independent practitioner and entrepreneur. 
  • Ability to undertake public health projects and conduct vision screening in the community and practice occupational optometry in industries. 
  • Ability to impart knowledge on ocular hygiene and related environmental counselling.

Career opportunities:

1. Clinical consultant optometrist in

  • Eye Hospitals
  • Private clinics or chamber
  • Optical shops

2. Research Optometrist in:

  • Eye research institutes 
  • Lens and contact lens manufacturing companies for R&D
  • Academic Institutions
  • Public health

3. Academics

  • Tutor/​clinical instructor (with a qualification of at least Bachelor’s)
  • Lecturer (with a qualification of at least Master’s)
  • Assistant Professor (with a qualification of at least Master’s/PhD)
  • Associate Professor (with a qualification of at least PhD)
  • Professor (with a qualification of at least PhD/Post-Doc)

4. Multinational Companies

  • Sales executive
  • Trainer
  • Store Manager
  • Professional Services

Admissions

Eligibility

  • For direct entry into the first year, candidates seeking admission under the Government of Karnataka quota need to have passed 10+2 examination with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory courses obtaining at least 45% aggregate marks.

Application Process

Through RUAS-AT

  1. Take the RUAS-AT Entrance Test
    1. Register online
    2. Fill in the application form
    3. Pay RUAS-AT fee
    4. You will receive a user ID and password to download Hall ticket Take the mock test
    5. RUAS-AT test: View all centers
    6. Test results will be announced
  2. Admission counseling for selection
  3. Once selected, students need to fill in the admission form
  4. Pay tuition fee
  5. Submit documents to the University
    1. See Documents for Indian Nationals

Through CET Test/​SAT

  1. CET/SAT Test, Counselling and Selection (CET Code B030) (SAT Code 7646)
  2. Download the admission form
  3. Submit completed form and documents at the University Admissions Office
  4. Pay fees online or through DD at the University admission office.

Fees & Scholarships

Government Seats:

  • As per the Government of Karnataka.

University Seats:

  • Rs 1,61,800 per annum

Eligibility

  • Foreign students should have a pass at the pre-university level or equivalent qualification approved by the Association of Indian Universities with respective councils and an Equivalent Competent Authority.
  • Should have proof of proficiency in English.
  • Should be a minimum age of 17 years and maximum age of 35 years at the time of admission for unreserved category and 40 years for reserved category
  • Students should produce a medical fitness certificate by an appropriate authority or panel recognised by the University.

Note: Up to 15% of seats are reserved for Foreign / NRI Students

Application Process

Through RUAS-AT

  1. Take the RUAS-AT Entrance Test
    1. Register online
    2. Fill in the application form
    3. Pay RUAS-AT fee
    4. You will receive a user ID and password to download Hall ticket Take the mock test
    5. RUAS-AT test: View all centers
    6. Test results will be announced
  2. Admission counseling for selection
  3. Once selected, students need to fill in the admission form
  4. Pay tuition fee
  5. Submit documents to the University
    1. See Documents for NRI/ OCI/ SAARC

Through CET Test/​SAT

  1. CET/SAT Test, Counselling and Selection (CET Code B030) (SAT Code 7646)
  2. Download the admission form
  3. Submit completed form and documents at the University Admissions Office
  4. Pay fees online or through DD at the University admission office. 

Fees & Scholarships

NRI/ Foreign Students:

  • USD 3000 + Other Fee Rs.38,550 per annum

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