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Orthoptics Post-baccalaureate Certificate

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Contact Information
Minnesota Lions Children's Eye Clinic (University of Minnesota Physicians and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital) 701 25th Ave S. Ste 300 Minneapolis, MN 55454 612-365-8365 612-365-8351 (Fax)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 14
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Orthoptics PostBaccalaureate Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Orthoptic Certificate program is a vital part of the ophthalmic health care profession. This is a specialized profession, the focus of which is the evaluation and treatment of disorders of vision, eye movements, and eye alignment in children and adults. The study of orthoptics follows a logical sequence of studies vital to the understanding of the visual system. The didactic education is integrated with practical clinical experience. Orthoptists work with ophthalmologists, eye physicians and surgeons, as part of the medical team. They are employed in a variety of settings, including university and teaching hospitals, children's hospitals, and solo or multi-specialty group medical practices. An orthoptist sees a variety of patients of all ages, although due to the nature of their visual disorders, the majority of the patients are young children; some individuals with multiple health concerns are also evaluated as they commonly have ocular/binocular problems. After completing an Orthoptic Certificate, a student earns national certification as an orthoptist through written and practical examinations administered by the American Orthoptic Council. This program requires two semesters and a summer term of coursework.
This program is accredited by American Association of Certified Orthoptists
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Requirements for entry into the Orthoptics Certificate Program include the following: 1. Completion of baccalaureate degree with GPA at least 2.0. 2. Successful completion of one year in a hospital/clinic-based ophthalmic technician training program (e.g., Regions Hospital)
Required prerequisites
Course Group 0
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The 2.8 GPA requirement complies with University of Minnesota policy.
Orthoptics Required Courses
OPH 5501 - Orthoptics I (4.0 cr)
OPH 5601 - Orthoptics II (5.0 cr)
OPH 5701 - Orthoptics III (5.0 cr)
Required Core
Orthoptic Certificate
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OPH 5501 - Orthoptics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
First semester of Orthoptics Certificate program. prereq: Admission to Orthoptics Certificate program
OPH 5601 - Orthoptics II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Second semester of Orthoptics training program. prereq: Enrollment in Orthoptics Certificate program
OPH 5701 - Orthoptics III
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Third semester of Orthoptics certificate program.