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International Core Curriculum For Ophthalmic Assistants

Authored by ICO
Posted on March 14, 2012
Topic: Allied Health Education, ICO Programs and Initiatives
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The International Core Curriculum For Ophthalmic Assistants employs a system that can be used internationally by educators and ophthalmic specialists for on-the-job training of staff in practices or clinics. It is designed to provide learners with content and performance objectives to perform their eye care tasks.

The knowledge, skills, and interpersonal behaviors are focused on the following five core competencies: Patient care; Medical knowledge; Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication skills; Technical and Scientific skills; and Community and Health Services.

The competencies are organized into the following three sections: Introduction to Ophthalmology, Basic Skills, and Advanced Skills.  The three sections contain modules with detailed work-performance objectives.  Modules can be changed or additional categories or performance objectives can be added.

The curriculum was published by the Allied Health Curriculum Task Force of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) in March 2009.

The curriculum was written by Dr. William Astle, Chair of the ICO Task Force on Para-Ophthalmic Vision Specialist Education (now Allied Health Education); and Lynn Anderson, Executive Director of IJCAHPO.

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