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Dispensing optician success for Anglia Ruskin University

Over 150 graduate from distance learning course, with new contact lens course planned for 2016

Julie Hughes

Anglia Ruskin University has revealed that over 150 students have successfully graduated to become registered dispensing opticians in the last three years after completing its ophthalmic dispensing foundation degree course.

The university’s Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences has a history in developing new courses working directly with the General Optical Council (GOC) for dispensing optician registration.

The FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing distance learning course combines the required GOC competencies with underpinning theory, delivered in modern laboratories and clinical settings.

Students obtain the majority of the required experience as a trainee dispensing optician in the workplace, supported by trained and registered supervisors.

Anglia Ruskin also offers Optometry BOptom (Hons) and full time BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing courses. There are plans for a new contact lens optician course for 2016, subject to approval, which would enable registered dispensing opticians to progress to higher qualifications.

Senior lecturer, Julie Hughes (pictured), told OT: “As course leader, I feel privileged to be able to progress the profession.”
For more information and to register on the FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course, email [email protected]