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This programme was introduced in keeping with the World Health Organisation’s strategic plan for Vision 2020: THE RIGHT TO SIGHT, a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
The Optometry programme has been running successfully since 2009 and has produced many cohorts of graduates who are all employed. Our programme is based on a hybrid system of UK and USA courses.
We are also planning and designing a post graduate programme with our foreign partners in the UK and USA.
Locally we are working with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to introduce Optometry services in all the major hospitals and with the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association to develop a Guide Dog protocol, and also treating their low vision clients.
Duration of Study
Four (4) years. This is Full Time only, which includes a clinical intern rotation year, and at the end of which a B.Sc Optometry degree is conferred by the university.
Applicants for admission to this course of study will be required to satisfy the minimum standards for entry to the degree programme as set out by the University Regulations governing matriculation as well as the specific requirements of the Faculty.
Open to applicants who fulfil the following requirements:
1. Qualifications for Admission
i. Passes at CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency Level (Grades I and II pre-1998 and Grades I, II, III since 1998) or
equivalent qualifications in Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
ii. Passes Physics , one other Science subject viz Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and one (1) other subject at CAPE
(Units I & II)or GCE A’Level or approved equivalent; OR
iii. An appropriate Associate Degree or equivalent certification with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) from a
recognised tertiary level institution; OR
iv. Any other appropriate qualifications and experience acceptable to the Faculty of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Niall Farnon
Head of Unit
Dr Jan Bohringer
Dr. Ekemiri Kingsley
Dr. Ngozi Ezinne
Mr. Avi Bhagan
Ms. Ebony Waldron Scipio
Mrs. Pennola Mitchell-Edmund
Ms. Sommer Benjamin
The UWI Optometry,
Couva Multi-Training Facility,
Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway
Ms. Ebony Waldron Scipio (Secretary)
Tel: 1(868) 225-1014 ext 12020
Fax:1(868) 225-1676 | Email: email@example.com OR FMS.OptometryHead@sta.uwi.edu
Clinic Matters: (868) 225-1018 OR FMS.OptometryClinic@sta.uwi.edu