|Degree Level: Undergraduate
||College: Health Sciences
|Major : Community Health Professions
||School: Community & Environmental Health
|Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
|Course Delivery Mode(s): Satellite, Video Stream
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed to offer advanced educational experiences to health professionals who are currently licensed and/or who have completed a certification (the passing of an exam upon completion of an educational program to demonstrate competency in a chosen profession) or Associate of Science degrees in a health related discipline, have credentials to practice in their field, and have experience as a health care provider. This program builds on the expertise of practicing health professionals and allows them the opportunity to enhance their formal learning. The program focuses on upper-level course work and general education in conjunction with an area of career enhancement chosen by the individual student.
Internships in areas related to the program are available. Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional, national and international professional communication associations. Opportunities to develop study abroad programs are available.
Ophthalmic Technology is a critical specialty in the eye health care team. An Ophthalmic Technologist collects data and performs special testing to aid the Ophthalmologist in diagnosis and treatment of the patient. A graduate of the program will be expected to have extensive knowledge of the ocular system, to be proficient in the operation of visual instrumentation, and to develop effective communication skills in working with patients. Well-paying career opportunities, including traditional ophthalmologic settings, teaching, research, business, and sales are available in the dynamic, yet under-supplied profession.
The 22-month program begins in September of each year and trains individuals at the highest level of ophthalmic medical personnel. Our program believes that certification is important; hence, taking the National Board Exam is a requirement for graduation. Our program is one of the few that grants college credits leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
Standard ODU admission criteria and procedures are required for admission to this program.