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As with ophthalmologists, orthoptists our concerned with our eyes. Vision disorders, strabismus, amblyopia or ocular palsies are common. The spectrum is still much wider: visual impairment, nystagmus or eye-related abnormal head postures, headaches and reading disorders. The eyes are not always the cause. Also, brain damage or neurological and internal diseases affect vision and require expertise in an interdisciplinary interface. In the degree program you will learn everything about the complex visual system as well as the eye as a sensory organ and possible connections to eye diseases and vision disorders.
Elisabeth Nießner Favoritenstraße 226, D.3.35 1100 Vienna T: +43 1 606 68 77-4600 F: +43 1 606 68 77-4609 email@example.com
Office hours during the semesterMon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Application period for academic year 2020/21
16th February to 15th March 2020
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution**
* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester
**for additional study expenses (currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)
When you "look people in the eyes", you do so with a strong interest in medicine and science. Your excellent powers of observation allow you to recognize details. You want to help people of all ages with vision disorders. You take the time to provide extensive counseling and provide patients with clear and convincing information about possible therapies. You want to apply your strong communicative and social skills in your constant interaction with people and enjoy working in a team. You want to profit from the latest findings from science and research in your work.
FH Campus Wien is now the largest university of applied sciences for health in Austria. After the legal framework was created in 2006 to introduce the MTD academies and the midwife academy into the higher education sector, FH Campus Wien launched the first bachelor's degree programs in 2007. Shortly afterwards the first master's degree programs where launched in the Department of Health. Today, FH Campus Vienna now has extensive expertise and a large network at its disposal. An important partner in the areas of education, research and development is the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV). We also work closely with the professional association and have even hosted the annual Orthoptics Austria conference. At our attractive main campus you will benefit from our modern infrastructure and will also have the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary, professional community. There is great potential in research projects at the intersection of health and technology. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.
In addition to the classic orthoptic diagnosis and therapy, the profession is developing more and more towards prevention, visual rehabilitation and specialization. As a specialist, you focus on certain functional eye diseases: Like how can you help people when for example they suddenly suffer from vision disorders after accidents, strokes or tumors in the brain? Ideally, our eyes rely on instructions that are controlled by the brain. At this interdisciplinary intersection, orthoptics work together with ophthalmologists, neurologists and other health care professionals, to jointly develop strategies for therapy and rehabilitation. In prevention as well, the need for education is still high, for example for parents. Currently, every third child between the ages of two and six are suspected of suffering from a vision disorder or eye disease. Often it is not clear that permanent damage can only be avoided if eye diseases are detected and treated in time.
You will acquire profound medical knowledge about the eye. In the degree program you will learn about the causes visual disorders, how orthoptic diagnostics work and what therapies are possible and how they are performed. All the steps together result in the orthoptic process.
Lector: Emer.Univ.Prof.Dr. Wilhelm Firbas
Introduction to the development and structure of the human body:integumentary system, musculo-skeletal system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system with immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary and reproductive system.
written or oral examination at the end of the lecture course
Lector: Drin. med. Ana-Iris Schiefer
Introduction to general und organ pathology; causes of disease; pathological changes of cells and tissues; diseases of the metabolism; inflammation; diseases of the blood and blood building system, of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, integumentary system, musculoskeletal and reproductive system; first aid
written examination at the end of the lecture course
Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer
Homeostasis:Electrolyte composition of intra- and extracellular fluidNa-K-ATPaseMembrane transport mechanismsEquilibrium potential, action potentialNa+- & K+-channelsElectrotonic nerve conductionAction potential-driven nerve conductionSaltatoric nerve conduction, myelin sheathsnerve fiber typesMuscle:molecular structure of (striate) muscleactine, myosine, T- and S-systemstriate, smooth and cardiac muscleBreathing:lung volumes, breathing cyclehemoglobin, O2 & CO2 transportHeart:myocardial action potential conductionmyocardial rhythm generators in sonoatrial & atrioventricular nodeelectrocardiography (ECG) cardiac cycle, atrial & ventricular pressures, heart soundsregulation of cardiac outputCirculation/blood:arterial, capillary & venous pressures, oxygen saturationoxygen consumption of important organ systemsfunctions of bloodImmunology:leucocyte functionscellular and humoral defenseAB0-systemKidney:structure of nephronsglomerular filtration, tubular secretion & reabsorptioninterstitial osmolarity & water reabsorptionADH & renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-systemMetabolism/digestion:anatomy & function of gastrointestinal organsrole of saliva, gastric & pancreatic juice, bilefunctions of the liverSensory organs:proportional & differential receptorscutaneous sensorsproprioceptorsequilibriumearsmell & tasteNervous system:organisation of the autonomous nervous system & transmittersspinal motor functions: role of the spinal cord in motor control : tendon reflexes, cutaneous reflexes, autogenic inhibition, crossed extensor reflex, recurrent (Renshaw)-inhibition, gamma motor functionfunctions of cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia in motor controlEndocrinology:function of cellular hormone receptorspituitary hormonesregulation of blood glucoseregulation of stress reactionregulation of calcium homeostatisregulation of the female menstrual cycle
Lector: Emer.Univ.Prof.Dr. Wilhelm Firbas, Dr. med. univ. Christa Firbas
General review of the eyeball and its supporting structures, embryology of the eye, structure of the cornea, sklera, uvea and retina, contents of the eyeball (lens, vitreous body, aqueous humor) external eye muscles and nervous coordination of their movements, lacrimal apparatus, eyelid, orbita and supporting apparatus of the eyeball. Neuroanatomy, nervous structures related to the eye.
oral examination at the end of the lecture
Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc
Terminology and fundmentals of orthoptics, pleoptics and strabology; introduction to binocular vision disorders, eye movements, development of monocular and binocular vision, orthoptic process, anamnesis and inspection of the patient.
written/oral final examination
Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc
Information about the FH-Bachelor degree programme Orthoptics (structure, aims, curriculum, theoretical instruction and practical training); introduction to the job description and career of the orthoptist, fields of activities, professional responsibilities - with special focus on data protection and obligation to secrecy.
Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc
Equipment and examination methods for the determination of a general orthoptic status; visual acuity and examination methods, examination of fixation and ocular alignment, basic measurement of deviation, examination of binocular vision and stereo-acuity, determination of amplitude of accommodation and fusional amplitude, documentation of the results.
theoretical instruction and practical training
Lector: DI Dr. Walter Sandtner
Basics of pharmacology and toxicology - general aspects with a focus on the action and side-effects of pharmaceuticals in the ophthalmological system. Understanding of therapeutical concepts and new strategies.
Lector: Dr. Monika Breuer
- Terminology - General microbiology and microbiology in the orthoptics practice- Immunology- General measures of infection control- Hygiene in the context of orthoptics therapy - Nosocomial infections and hospital hygiene within the orthoptics working environment- Selected aspects of environmental hygiene
Lecture - attendance and active participation is mandatory
Lector: Elisabeth Nießner
Demand-oriented introduction to computer applications; introduction to the internet portal for students, introduction library, tips and tricks for writing with "Word" (handling of long documents), preparation of a power-point-presentation; internet-based medical literature search (e.g. medline, search engines, specific web pages for orthoptists), Web Accessibility; data protection - with special focus on hospitals;
theoretical instruction, practical Training, moodle-cours
Lector: Maria Auer
Learning: concentration, motivation, memory, attention and emotion, learning strategies (eg Memotechniken, visualization, creativity-enhancing techniques), learning styles, procrastination, exam preparation, test anxietyTime management: mission statement, Pareto principle, Eisenhower Principle, ABC Analysis, ALPEN-method, work-life-balance model,relaxation techniques
regular and active participation
Exercise with theoretical input phases, group and individual work and self-study
Lector: Dr. Klaus Novak
Basic knowledge of neurology, neuroanatomy, neuroembryology. Evaluation of the neurological patient: history, neurological examination, electrophysiology, CSF-analysis, neuroimaging. Treatment of neurological diseases: neurovascular disorders, epilepsy, infections and inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, metabolic disorders, intoxication, degenerative disease of the spine, tumors of the nervous system, hydrocephalus, headache, movement disorders, diseases of the peripheral nervous system, myopathies, dementia, emergencies in Neurology
Optical basics:focal rays, principal raysfocal point, focal length, nodal point, principal planeoptical path constructionproperties of lensesOphthalmologic basics:ametropias, astigmatismaccommodationglaucomacataractskiascopyfundusdirect & indirect ophthalmoscopyslit lamp examinationStereopsis:horopter, Panum’s fusional area, horizontal disparityFunction of the retina:retinal cell typesphototransductionadapometryscotopic & photopic visionreceptive fieldsvisual acuityVisual pathway:anatomical features of the optical pathwayparvocellular & magnocellular systemvisual fieldscotomas, blind spot, visual field extreme boundaries, isopterics perimetry (static, dynamic, computer-driven)Electrophysiologcal diagnostics:electronystagmography (ENG).electroretinography (ERG).electrooculography (EOG).visual evoked potentials (VEP).electroencephalography (EEG)Colour vision:receptor typescolour vision deficienciesIshihara charts, anomaloscopy, D15 hue (Farnsworth-)testAutonomic nervous system:anatomy & physiology of the sympathic & parasympathetic nervous system, transmitters, receptor typespharmacology and medical indications for autonomic receptor ligandspupillary reflexes pupillotonia, coloboma, anisochoriaconvergence reactionocular motor functions:anatomy of cranial nerves and ocular musclescortical & accessory optical systemvestibular oculomotor functionsrotatory/postrotatory & optokinetic nystagmussaccades, intentional pursuit movements, convergence movementsbrain stem nuclei involved in eye movements (ri MLF =rostral interstitial median longitudinal fascicle), PPRF =pontine paramediane reticular formation, Ncl of abducens nerve, vestibular nuclei)
Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc
Basics of sensory visual function - retinal localization, horopter, Panum area, simultaneous perception, fusion, stereopsis, monocular depth perception, retinal correspondence; diplopia, suppression, central scotoma, fixation point scotoma; accommodation and convergence; functions of the eye muscles and eye motility; examination retinal correspondence, subnormal binocular Vision, Horror fusionis
Imparting, practice and reflexion of knowledge and skills relating to the contents of the lecture "Equipment and its Maintenance and Orthoptic Methodology 1".
group seminars, practical activity
Lector: Ing. Roland Haas, BEd. M.Sc
Lector: Dr.med. Thomas Neumayer
Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc
Lector: Dr. med. univ. Philipp Roberts, PhD
Lector: Dr. Jan Lammer
Lector: Univ.-Dozin. Drin. Gabriele Khan
Criteria for scientific work; citing, referencing; classification scheme of scientific work; concept development;
Lector: Stefan Prior
Introduction, basics, contact lenses and spectacles (e.g. advantages, disadvantages, visual differences, contact lenses and strabismus), indications, contraindications, hard and soft contact lenses, hygienic measures and contact lens care products, fundamentals of adjustment, providing instructions to patients about contact lens care and handling, risks, incompatibility, pathological changes, documentation, professionally relevant rules and regulations.
Lector: Mag. Marlies Tschugguel
Overview of basics in „Psychology“ and ""Sociology" and selected fields of application
continuous assessment, written exam + presentation of a paper
presentation, discussion of practical examples, plenum discussion, films
Lector: Orthoptistin Ulrike Pichler, Msc
Anamnesis, Classification, etiology and pathogenesis, sensory and motor characteristics, examination and investigation process, differential diagnosis, treatment, the course and prognosis of congenital diseases and acquired eye movement diseases.
Presentations of various medical conditions using Power Pointvideo Examplesgroup workEducational games / Replays
Lector: Dr. Christofer Diakos
Introduction and basic concepts; growth and development of healthy children; taking the child's psyche into account during physical examinations; preventive medicine in paediatrics; common methods of paediatric examinations (e.g. X-ray, ultrasound, ..); common childhood diseases (e.g. infectious diseases, genetic conditions, organ-specific diseases such as heart failure); multidisciplinary care / therapeutic concepts for the disabled child; child abuse and sexual abuse
final written exam (multiple choice questions)Grading: Austrian national and ECTS-grade
Lector: Dr.in Mag.a Bernadette Bugelnig-Reiter
Overview of basics in „Developmental Psychology“
Promotion of social communicative skills; rules of communication and interaction, body language, communication and conversation techniques, negotiation, rhetoric, rules of discussions, profession-relevant problems (eg critique, reflection), presentation techniques, public relations.
Keynote speechbrainstorminggroup discussionself-awarenessrole playingPOL (problem-based learning)
Lector: Dr.med. Georg Burggasser
Diseases: diseases of the visual pathway (eg visual field defects) and the visual cortex (eg visual agnosia, central color vision defects), psychogenic visual disturbances, pupillary disorders, disorders of the peripheral oculomotor (in addition to Strabismus, such as myasthenia gravis, myopathies, ophthalmoplegias); disorders Lidmotorik, the facial nerve, the trigeminal nerve (eg, ptosis, blepharospasm, lagophthalmos), head and facial pain with eye manifestations; Unclear vision loss; Selected syndromes.
Lector: Renate Zechmeister
Aetiology, symptoms, examination methods, differential diagnosis and results, treatment, course and prognosis of:Disorders of the supranuclear oculomotor (concerning saccades, smooth pursuit, vestibulo-ocular reflex, optokinetic nystamus and fixation eg gaze paresis, paresis of convergence and divergence, INO, skew deviation, ocular tilt reaction);Aquired nystagmus and related ocular oscillation (eg gaze nystagmus, seesaw nystagmus);Special examination methods and examination procedures in neuroorthoptics
Application of theoretical and practical knowledge gained during professional practice, determination of an in-depth orthoptic status according to expertise, deriving the orthoptic diagnosis, planning and performing of therapies, documentation of results
Lector: Rahel Sattler
practical application of the examination methods of the contents of the courses "Incomitant Strabismus" and "Orthoptic Case Analysis".
practical training of the examination methods together and with selected patients, case analysis (video, photo documentation, case studies).
Studying, practicing and reflecting upon the practical knowledge and skills which correspond to the teaching content of the Neuro-orthoptics and Neuro-ophthalmology courses, and case studies.
cases, exercises, videos
Studying, practicing and reflecting upon the practical knowledge and skills used in determining corrective needs in consideration of binocular vision.
Lector: Mag. Isabella Achleitner
Introduction to education science; characteristics of an educational situation; educational aspects in orthoptics (eg professional information, explanations, health education); selected educational theories; introduction to therapeutic pedagogy, relevant aspects of dealing with people with disabilities.
Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc, Andreas Huber, MSc, Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Thaler
Refraction (basics, refractive errors, correction), subjective refraction (methods, e. g. determination of spherical and astigmatic refractive errors, binocular fine-tuning, near correction), objective refraction (retinoscopy, auto refraction) - application, use, documentation, refractive surgery (basics and methods)
Preparation for the practical in-service training; reflection of one's own experiences during the in-service training and the theoretical education;Dealing with difficult situations (eg, excessive demands, support needs)feedback, intervision, supervision; documentation of the individual training report as well as presentation.
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Gustav Linnert
Research methodological differences between quantitative and qualitative empirical studiesKey terms of quantitative research methodology: research design: cross-sectional study, longitudinal study; hypotheses: alternative hypothesis - null hypothesis; hypothesis of difference, of interrelation, of change; constant - variable (independent, dependent); scale level (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio scale); significance.Rules for the formulation of questions (questionnaire, interview) and creation a simple questionnaire.Evaluation of data of the self-developed questionnaire with descriptive statistics (mean values, dispersion values, graphics) .Evaluation of data with simply hypothesis testing (cross section design).
Active participation, completion of all exercises
lecturesingle, pair and group workexercises
Lector: Mag.a (FH) Susanna Boldrino
Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Dr. Jan Lammer
Lector: Barry Jenkins, BSc (Hons), FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Zimpernik
Lector: Mag. Christiane-Andrea Fahlböck
Lector: Ursula Böhm-Mairinger
Lector: Dr.med. Hildegard Gruber
Lector: Angelika Sophie Faytl, MSc, Andreas Huber, MSc, Claudia Kalleitner, Orthoptistin Ulrike Pichler, Msc, Elisabeth Schandl, Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Thaler
Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Tamara Jasmin Mittermüller, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc
Lector: Angelika Sophie Faytl, MSc, Univ.-Dozin. Drin. Gabriele Khan
Lector: Orthoptistin Claudia Mühlberger
History of the profession, job profile and job description, personal responsibility, fields of activities, professional responsibilities, relevant legal principles, professional prospects, national and international orthoptic associations, training and profession in national and international comparison, opportunities for further training and education, topics of current interest; professional ethics (e.g. basic principles, ethics commission, dealing with patients and team, corruption prevention)
continual assessment, discussions, active participation
Based on orthoptic case studies students are able to show and interpret steps in the orthoptic process, to dervive clinical conclusions, to derive an orthoptic diagnosis and to prepare a therapy plan.
The assesment includes active participation, discussion and case studies
Information. active participation, discussion, description of orthoptic cases
Implementation of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge acquired during professional practice, performance of the whole orthoptic process in the compulsory areas of practical training.
Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc, Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc
General information and preparation for the practical in-service training; reflection of one's own experiences during the in-service training and the theoretical education;Dealing with difficult situations (eg, excessive demands, support needs)feedback, intervision, supervision; documentation of the individual training report as well as presentation.
The assessment includes active participation, discussion and training report.
information, active participation, discussion, training report
Lector: Lydia Fenz, Mag. Stefan Szauer
Lector: Hon.Prof. (FH) Dr. Bernhard Rupp, MBA (University of Toronto)
Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc, Manuel Ruiß, MSc
Lector: Paul Hoffman, MAS, Barry Jenkins, BSc (Hons), Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Thaler, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Zimpernik
Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc, Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc
Lector: MMag. Annemarie Entschev
Lector: Romana Drobec
Lector: Barbara Beyweiss
Semester datesWinter semester: 30th August 2016 to 27th January 2017Summer semester: 13th February to 7th July 2017
Number of teaching weeks18 per semester, including 28 weeks of work experience
TimesMon. to Fri. all day (in exceptional cases also on Saturdays)
Language of InstructionGerman
Orthoptists conduct examinations independently. This includes, for example, examining vision and binocular vision or assessing strabismus deviations and eye movements. Depending on the results, ophthalmologists may be involved in further treatment. In addition, orthoptists decide on therapeutic measures to compensate such disorders as double vision or perform orthoptic exercises and vision training with stroke patients. As a generalist, you have decided to provide routine eye care and are employed at ophthalmic practices or in hospitals. At the latest when people start to work intensively on computer screens, do many have their first contact with orthoptics. In your professional life you will detect and treat vision disorders, strabismus, amblyopia and eye movement disorders such as ocular palsies, nystagmus, or central vision disorders after trauma and illness. In any case, you will work autonomously under the order of a medical doctor and take care of everything eye related. Your area of responsibilities will include orthoptic diagnosis and therapy, visual rehabilitation, health promotion and prevention. Only with this degree program is it possible to practice the profession of orthoptist. The MTD Act is the basis for this degree program.
You work primarily in ophthalmic routine care, but also as a specialist in specific areas, such as visual rehabilitation, occupational medicine or preventative checkups in kindergartens and schools. Increasingly more often, orthoptists are also active in teaching, science and research. Opportunities will be open for you in the following areas:
Master course for advanced professional training, part-time
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
for human medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine or biology (all at level English 2) Information and institutes that offer courses to prepare for the university entrance qualification examination can be found on the portal Erwachsenenbildung.at university of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Frauen.
You have the relevant professional qualification as an optician (auxiliary examination: German essay, biology and environmental science and English 2) after completion of a school for medical-technical services or a school for general health care and nursing (auxiliary examination English).
There are 15 places available in the bachelor's degree in Orthoptics in the years in which the degree program begins. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:4.
Complete the online application form before the application deadline to apply for the program. You will receive more information in our reply e-mail.
Please note! It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with members of the selection committee. In addition, you will be invited to participate in an orthoptic exam to test your vision and binocular vision. The results of the eye test must be positive, if necessary even with glasses or contact lenses, in order to be accepted to the degree program.
We work closely with the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV), universities like the Medical University of Vienna, the professional association Orthoptics Austria and other health care facilities. This guarantees you strong contacts for internships, employment or participation in research and development activities. You will complete the extensive internships at, among others, the hospitals of Vienna Hospital Association (KAV). You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!