On the right course

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OP­TOMETRISTS are in high de­mand by em­ploy­ers in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

As the ser­vices of op­tometrists are equally as im­por­tant as med­i­cal doc­tors, the pub­lic views op­tom­e­try as a pres­ti­gious ca­reer.

Op­tom­e­try is de­rived from the Greek word “op­tos”, which means view, and “me­tria” (mea­sures).

It deals with eyes and its re­lated struc­tures. Like other ca­reers, those in­ter­ested to prac­tise op­tom­e­try must pos­sess proper ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion and recog­nised ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The field com­prises four ar­eas of study – vi­sion sci­ence com­pris­ing medicine, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, and neu­rol­ogy; op­tics such as op­ti­cal aids; op­ti­cal in­stru­ments such as imag­ing tech­niques and pro­fes­sional eye care.

It does not only con­cern help­ing people with phys­i­cal vi­sion prob­lems, but also other re­lated as­pects, such as surg­eries.

Other roles of an op­tometrist in­clude ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of eye care – an area of­ten ne­glected as com­pared to other health re­lated mat­ters.

Stu­dents tak­ing up op­tom­e­try should have strong foun­da­tion in sci­ence, math­e­mat­ics and English as the course cov­ers other ar­eas such as medicine which will al­low them to be awarded with the nec­es­sary cer­tifi­cates to prac­tise.

Stu­dents are also re­quired to meet the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard set by the Malaysia Op­ti­cal Coun­cil.

To gain more ex­pe­ri­ence, prac­ti­tion­ers have to at­tend var­i­ous cour­ses and pro­grammes on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis.

In tan­dem with the high de­mand and po­ten­tial of­fered by op­tom­e­try, the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Man­age­ment & Sci­ence Univer­sity (MSU) is of­fer­ing a four-year bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­gramme at its Fac­ulty of Health & Life Sci­ences (FHLS).

Ex­ten­sive in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions with part­ner uni­ver­si­ties across the globe through Global Mo­bil­ity Pro­gramme (GMP) un­der­tak­ings have sig­nif­i­cantly po­si­tioned MSU as an emerg­ing in­sti­tu­tion within the re­gion.

The pro­gramme pro­vides in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure through MSU’s part­ner uni­ver­si­ties in 40 coun­tries such as the United States, Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, Ger­many, New Zealand, In­dia and In­done­sia, among oth­ers.

In­ter­ested stu­dents with STPM, ma­tric­u­la­tion or recog­nised di­ploma qual­i­fi­ca­tions can enrol in the pro­gramme.

Apart from op­tom­e­try pro­gramme, FHLS cur­rently of­fers di­ploma and bach­e­lor de­gree pro­grammes in a va­ri­ety of fields, in­clud­ing Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence, Food Ser­vice Tech­nol­ogy, Phar­macy, Bioin­for­mat­ics, Nurs­ing, Nu­tri­tion, Med­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­ogy, Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health, Foren­sic Sci­ence and Di­ag­nos­tic Imag­ing (Ra­di­og­ra­phy).

For de­tails, call the Coun­sel­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Depart­ment at 03-5521 6868.

Al­ter­na­tively, SMS by typ­ing in MSUINFO<space>name <space>email to 019-341 9152 /016-356 8251/012-249 6551 or visit www.msu.edu.my

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