Orthoptics

Bachelor, full-time

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Overview

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.

Contact us

Contact us!

Elisabeth Nießner
Favoritenstraße 226, D.3.35
1100 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-4600
F: +43 1 606 68 77-4609
orthoptik@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Office hours during the semester
Mon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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Duration of course
6 Semester
Final degree
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSc)
incl. professional qualifications
15Study places
180ECTS
Organisational form
full-time

Application period for academic year 2020/21

16th February to 15th March 2020

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,36*

+ 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)

What you can offer

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.

What we offer you

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.

What makes this degree program special

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.


What you will learn in the degree program

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.

  • You will acquire basic medical knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathology, ophthalmology and pediatrics.
  • Practice-related fields such as orthoptics and pleoptics, strabology, neuroophthalmology and visual rehabilitation make up a further focus of your education.
  • To prepare you for your counseling responsibilities you will develop your communication skills and learn more about psychology, health economics and law.
  • Furthermore, you will acquire extensive practical experience in 28 weeks of internships.

Curriculum

Lecture SWS ECTS
General Anatomy VO

General Anatomy VO

Lector: Emer.Univ.Prof.Dr. Wilhelm Firbas

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

written or oral examination at the end of the lecture course

Teaching methods

Lectures

Language

German

2 2
General Pathology VO

General Pathology VO

Lector: Drin. med. Ana-Iris Schiefer

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

written examination at the end of the lecture course

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

2 3
General Physiology VO

General Physiology VO

Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Homeostasis:
Electrolyte composition of intra- and extracellular fluid
Na-K-ATPase
Membrane transport mechanisms
Equilibrium potential, action potential
Na+- & K+-channels
Electrotonic nerve conduction
Action potential-driven nerve conduction
Saltatoric nerve conduction, myelin sheaths
nerve fiber types
Muscle:
molecular structure of (striate) muscle
actine, myosine, T- and S-system
striate, smooth and cardiac muscle
Breathing:
lung volumes, breathing cycle
hemoglobin, O2 & CO2 transport
Heart:
myocardial action potential conduction
myocardial rhythm generators in sonoatrial & atrioventricular node
electrocardiography (ECG)
cardiac cycle, atrial & ventricular pressures, heart sounds
regulation of cardiac output
Circulation/blood:
arterial, capillary & venous pressures, oxygen saturation
oxygen consumption of important organ systems
functions of blood
Immunology:
leucocyte functions
cellular and humoral defense
AB0-system
Kidney:
structure of nephrons
glomerular filtration, tubular secretion & reabsorption
interstitial osmolarity & water reabsorption
ADH & renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system
Metabolism/digestion:
anatomy & function of gastrointestinal organs
role of saliva, gastric & pancreatic juice, bile
functions of the liver
Sensory organs:
proportional & differential receptors
cutaneous sensors
proprioceptors
equilibrium
ear
smell & taste
Nervous system:
organisation of the autonomous nervous system & transmitters
spinal motor functions: role of the spinal cord in motor control : tendon reflexes, cutaneous reflexes, autogenic inhibition, crossed extensor reflex, recurrent (Renshaw)-inhibition, gamma motor function
functions of cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia in motor control
Endocrinology:
function of cellular hormone receptors
pituitary hormones
regulation of blood glucose
regulation of stress reaction
regulation of calcium homeostatis
regulation of the female menstrual cycle

Assessment methods

oral exam

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

2 2
Anatomy of the Eye and Neuroanantomy VO

Anatomy of the Eye and Neuroanantomy VO

Lector: Emer.Univ.Prof.Dr. Wilhelm Firbas, Dr. med. univ. Christa Firbas

2.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

oral examination at the end of the lecture

Teaching methods

Lectures

Language

German

2.5 3
Introduction to Orthoptics, Pleoptics and Strabology VO

Introduction to Orthoptics, Pleoptics and Strabology VO

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

written/oral final examination

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

1 1
Introduction to Studying and Career VO

Introduction to Studying and Career VO

Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

regular participation

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

1 1
Equipment and its Maintenance and Orthoptic Methodology 1 ILV

Equipment and its Maintenance and Orthoptic Methodology 1 ILV

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

modul examination

Teaching methods

theoretical instruction and practical training

Language

German

2 3
Principles of Pharmacology VO

Principles of Pharmacology VO

Lector: DI Dr. Walter Sandtner

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

final examination

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

1 1
Hygiene VO

Hygiene VO

Lector: Dr. Monika Breuer

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

Multiple Choice

Teaching methods

Lecture - attendance and active participation is mandatory

1 1
Information Technologies and Media ILV

Information Technologies and Media ILV

Lector: Elisabeth Nießner

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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;

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

theoretical instruction, practical Training, moodle-cours

Language

German

1 1
Learning and Working Techniques ILV

Learning and Working Techniques ILV

Lector: Maria Auer

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Learning: concentration, motivation, memory, attention and emotion, learning strategies (eg Memotechniken, visualization, creativity-enhancing techniques), learning styles, procrastination, exam preparation, test anxiety
Time management: mission statement, Pareto principle, Eisenhower Principle, ABC Analysis, ALPEN-method, work-life-balance model,
relaxation techniques

Assessment methods

regular and active participation

Teaching methods

Exercise with theoretical input phases, group and individual work and self-study

Language

German

1 1
Neurology VO

Neurology VO

Lector: Dr. Klaus Novak

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Teaching methods

Lectures

Language

German

2 3
Physiology of the Eye VO

Physiology of the Eye VO

Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

Optical basics:
focal rays, principal rays
focal point, focal length, nodal point, principal plane
optical path construction
properties of lenses
Ophthalmologic basics:
ametropias, astigmatism
accommodation
glaucoma
cataract
skiascopy
fundus
direct & indirect ophthalmoscopy
slit lamp examination
Stereopsis:
horopter, Panum’s fusional area, horizontal disparity
Function of the retina:
retinal cell types
phototransduction
adapometry
scotopic & photopic vision
receptive fields
visual acuity
Visual pathway:
anatomical features of the optical pathway
parvocellular & magnocellular system
visual field
scotomas, 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 types
colour vision deficiencies
Ishihara charts, anomaloscopy, D15 hue (Farnsworth-)test
Autonomic nervous system:
anatomy & physiology of the sympathic & parasympathetic nervous system, transmitters, receptor types
pharmacology and medical indications for autonomic receptor ligands
pupillary reflexes
pupillotonia, coloboma, anisochoria
convergence reaction
ocular motor functions:
anatomy of cranial nerves and ocular muscles
cortical & accessory optical system
vestibular oculomotor functions
rotatory/postrotatory & optokinetic nystagmus
saccades, intentional pursuit movements, convergence movements
brain stem nuclei involved in eye movements (ri MLF =rostral interstitial median longitudinal fascicle), PPRF =pontine paramediane reticular formation, Ncl of abducens nerve, vestibular nuclei)

Assessment methods

oral exam

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

2 3
Physiological and Pathological Binocular Vision VO

Physiological and Pathological Binocular Vision VO

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

2.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

final examination

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

German

2.5 3
Orthoptic Methodology 1 UE

Orthoptic Methodology 1 UE

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Imparting, practice and reflexion of knowledge and skills relating to the contents of the lecture "Equipment and its Maintenance and Orthoptic Methodology 1".

Assessment methods

modul examination

Teaching methods

group seminars, practical activity

Language

German

2 2

Lecture SWS ECTS
Amblyopia and Pleoptics ILV

Amblyopia and Pleoptics ILV

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

2 SWS
3 ECTS
2 3
Eye Optics ILV

Eye Optics ILV

Lector: Ing. Roland Haas, BEd. M.Sc

3 SWS
3 ECTS
3 3
Equipment and its Maintenance and Orthoptic Methodology 2 ILV

Equipment and its Maintenance and Orthoptic Methodology 2 ILV

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

2 SWS
2 ECTS
2 2
Heterophoria, Asthenopia and Orthoptic Exercises ILV

Heterophoria, Asthenopia and Orthoptic Exercises ILV

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

2.5 SWS
3 ECTS
2.5 3
Paediatric Ophthalmology VO

Paediatric Ophthalmology VO

Lector: Dr.med. Thomas Neumayer

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Concomitant Strabismus ILV

Concomitant Strabismus ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

4 SWS
5 ECTS
4 5
Ophthalmology VO

Ophthalmology VO

Lector: Dr. med. univ. Philipp Roberts, PhD

2 SWS
3 ECTS
2 3
Ophtalmologic Examination Methods ILV

Ophtalmologic Examination Methods ILV

Lector: Dr. Jan Lammer

2.5 SWS
3 ECTS
2.5 3
Placement 1 PR

Placement 1 PR

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

0 SWS
5 ECTS
0 5
Orthoptic Methodology 2 UE

Orthoptic Methodology 2 UE

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Guidance during Studies and Placement, Reflection 1 ILV

Guidance during Studies and Placement, Reflection 1 ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1

Lecture SWS ECTS
Introduction to Scientific Work ILV

Introduction to Scientific Work ILV

Lector: Univ.-Dozin. Drin. Gabriele Khan

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Criteria for scientific work; citing, referencing; classification scheme of scientific work; concept development;

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

Integrated course

Language

German

1 1
Principles of Contact Lens Adjustment ILV

Principles of Contact Lens Adjustment ILV

Lector: Stefan Prior

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

continous assessment

Teaching methods

integrated course

Language

German

1 1
Basics of Psychology and Soziology ILV

Basics of Psychology and Soziology ILV

Lector: Mag. Marlies Tschugguel

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Overview of basics in „Psychology“ and ""Sociology" and selected fields of application

Assessment methods

continuous assessment, written exam + presentation of a paper

Teaching methods

presentation, discussion of practical examples, plenum discussion, films

Language

German

2 2
Incomitant Strabismus ILV

Incomitant Strabismus ILV

Lector: Orthoptistin Ulrike Pichler, Msc

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

Presentations of various medical conditions using Power Point
video Examples
group work
Educational games / Replays

Language

German

3 3
Paediatrics VO

Paediatrics VO

Lector: Dr. Christofer Diakos

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

final written exam (multiple choice questions)

Grading: Austrian national and ECTS-grade

Teaching methods

Lectures; seminar

Language

German

1 1
Child Psychology VO

Child Psychology VO

Lector: Dr.in Mag.a Bernadette Bugelnig-Reiter

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Overview of basics in „Developmental Psychology“

Assessment methods

written exam

Teaching methods

presentation, discussion of practical examples, plenum discussion, films

Language

German

1 1
Communication and Negotiation ILV

Communication and Negotiation ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mag.a Bernadette Bugelnig-Reiter

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

Keynote speech
brainstorming
group discussion
self-awareness
role playing
POL (problem-based learning)

Language

German

2 2
Neuroophthalmology VO

Neuroophthalmology VO

Lector: Dr.med. Georg Burggasser

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

Course-final exam

Teaching methods

lecture

2 3
Neuroorthoptics ILV

Neuroorthoptics ILV

Lector: Renate Zechmeister

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

integrated course

2 2
Placement 2 PR

Placement 2 PR

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

SWS
5 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

Placement

Language

German

5
Practical: Incomitant Strabismus UE

Practical: Incomitant Strabismus UE

Lector: Rahel Sattler

1.5 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

practical application of the examination methods of the contents of the courses "Incomitant Strabismus" and "Orthoptic Case Analysis".

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

practical training of the examination methods together and with selected patients, case analysis (video, photo documentation, case studies).

Language

German

1.5 2
Practical: Neuroorthoptics UE

Practical: Neuroorthoptics UE

Lector: Orthoptistin Ulrike Pichler, Msc

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

written exam

Teaching methods

cases, exercises, videos

Language

German

1 1
Practical: Refraction Determination UE

Practical: Refraction Determination UE

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Studying, practicing and reflecting upon the practical knowledge and skills used in determining corrective needs in consideration of binocular vision.

Assessment methods

final examination

Teaching methods

Exercises

Language

German

1 1
Education Science ILV

Education Science ILV

Lector: Mag. Isabella Achleitner

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

integrated course

Language

German

1 1
Refraction Determination ILV

Refraction Determination ILV

Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc, Andreas Huber, MSc, Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Thaler

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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)

Assessment methods

continous assessment

Teaching methods

integrated course

Language

German

3 3
Guidance During Studies and Placement, Reflection 2 ILV

Guidance During Studies and Placement, Reflection 2 ILV

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

final exam

Teaching methods

Integrated course

Language

German

1 1

Lecture SWS ECTS
Image Documentation ILV

Image Documentation ILV

Lector: Dipl.Ing. Gustav Linnert

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Introduction to StatisticsSeminar for Bachelor Paper 1 ILV

Introduction to StatisticsSeminar for Bachelor Paper 1 ILV

Lector: Univ.-Dozin. Drin. Gabriele Khan

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Research methodological differences between quantitative and qualitative empirical studies
Key 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).

Assessment methods

Active participation, completion of all exercises

Teaching methods

lecture
single, pair and group work
exercises

Language

German

1 1
Introduction to Project Management ILV

Introduction to Project Management ILV

Lector: Mag.a (FH) Susanna Boldrino

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Low Vision Rehabilitation and Magnifying Visual Aids ILV

Low Vision Rehabilitation and Magnifying Visual Aids ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Dr. Jan Lammer

2 SWS
2 ECTS
2 2
Medical English 1 ILV

Medical English 1 ILV

Lector: Barry Jenkins, BSc (Hons), FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Zimpernik

2 SWS
2 ECTS
2 2
Neurorehabilitation VO

Neurorehabilitation VO

Lector: Mag. Christiane-Andrea Fahlböck

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Orthoptic Case Studies 1 ILV

Orthoptic Case Studies 1 ILV

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Orthoptic Rehabilitation for Central Vision Disorders ILV

Orthoptic Rehabilitation for Central Vision Disorders ILV

Lector: Ursula Böhm-Mairinger

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Placement 3 PR

Placement 3 PR

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

0 SWS
5 ECTS
0 5
Prevention and Health Promotion, Occupational Health/VDU Work ILV 1 1
Visual Impairment and Support during Childhood ILV

Visual Impairment and Support during Childhood ILV

Lector: Dr.med. Hildegard Gruber

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
SE Seminar for Bachelor Paper 1 SE

SE Seminar for Bachelor Paper 1 SE

Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc

1 SWS
5 ECTS
1 5
Special Fields in Orthoptics ILV

Special Fields in Orthoptics ILV

Lector: Angelika Sophie Faytl, MSc, Andreas Huber, MSc, Claudia Kalleitner, Orthoptistin Ulrike Pichler, Msc, Elisabeth Schandl, Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Thaler

2.5 SWS
3 ECTS
2.5 3
Guidance during Studies and Placement, Reflection 3 ILV

Guidance during Studies and Placement, Reflection 3 ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Tamara Jasmin Mittermüller, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Theory, Practice and Methods in Scientific Work ILV

Theory, Practice and Methods in Scientific Work ILV

Lector: Angelika Sophie Faytl, MSc, Univ.-Dozin. Drin. Gabriele Khan

2 SWS
2 ECTS
2 2
Visual Perceptive Disorders ILV

Visual Perceptive Disorders ILV

Lector: Orthoptistin Claudia Mühlberger

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1

Lecture SWS ECTS
Vocational Studies and Professional Ethics ILV

Vocational Studies and Professional Ethics ILV

Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

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)

Assessment methods

continual assessment, discussions, active participation

Teaching methods

Integrated course

Language

German

1 1
Orthoptic Case Studies 2 ILV

Orthoptic Case Studies 2 ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

The assesment includes active participation, discussion and case studies

Teaching methods

Information. active participation, discussion, description of orthoptic cases

Language

German

1.5 3
Placement 4 PR

Placement 4 PR

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

0 SWS
24 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

continuous assessment

Teaching methods

Placement

Language

German

0 24
Guidance During Studies and Placement, Reflection 4 ILV

Guidance During Studies and Placement, Reflection 4 ILV

Lector: Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc, Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

The assessment includes active participation, discussion and training report.

Teaching methods

information, active participation, discussion, training report

Language

German

1 2

Lecture SWS ECTS
Self-employment and Business Fundamentals ILV

Self-employment and Business Fundamentals ILV

Lector: Lydia Fenz, Mag. Stefan Szauer

1.5 SWS
2 ECTS
1.5 2
Fundamentals of the Health Care System and Health Economics VO

Fundamentals of the Health Care System and Health Economics VO

Lector: Hon.Prof. (FH) Dr. Bernhard Rupp, MBA (University of Toronto)

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Interdisciplinary Teamwork ILV

Interdisciplinary Teamwork ILV

Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc, Manuel Ruiß, MSc

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Medical English 2 ILV

Medical English 2 ILV

Lector: Paul Hoffman, MAS, Barry Jenkins, BSc (Hons), Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Thaler, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Andrea Zimpernik

2 SWS
3 ECTS
2 3
Orthoptic Case Studies 3 ILV

Orthoptic Case Studies 3 ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc, Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Placement 5 PR

Placement 5 PR

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

0 SWS
3 ECTS
0 3
Elective Placement: Contact Lens Adjustment PR

Elective Placement: Contact Lens Adjustment PR

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

0 SWS
3 ECTS
0 3
Elective Placement: Low Vision Rehabilitation PR

Elective Placement: Low Vision Rehabilitation PR

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

0 SWS
3 ECTS
0 3
Elective Placement: Orthoptic Rehabilitation for Central Vision Disorders PR

Elective Placement: Orthoptic Rehabilitation for Central Vision Disorders PR

Lector: Magdalena Wutzl, Bsc

0 SWS
3 ECTS
0 3
Quality Managment VO

Quality Managment VO

Lector: Hon.Prof. (FH) Dr. Bernhard Rupp, MBA (University of Toronto)

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Legal Basics for Health Care Professions VO

Legal Basics for Health Care Professions VO

Lector: MMag. Annemarie Entschev

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Seminar for Bachelor Paper 2 SE

Seminar for Bachelor Paper 2 SE

Lector: Andrea Franzan, MSc

1 SWS
7 ECTS
1 7
Guidance During Studies and Placement, Reflection 5 ILV

Guidance During Studies and Placement, Reflection 5 ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc, Anna-Maria Windhofer, Bsc

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Elective: Contact Lens Adjustment - Specialization ILV

Elective: Contact Lens Adjustment - Specialization ILV

Lector: Romana Drobec

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Elective: Low Vision Rehabilitation – Specialization ILV

Elective: Low Vision Rehabilitation – Specialization ILV

Lector: Andreas Huber, MSc

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Elective: Orthoptic Rehabilitation for Central Vision Disorders – Specialization ILV

Elective: Orthoptic Rehabilitation for Central Vision Disorders – Specialization ILV

Lector: Barbara Beyweiss

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2

Semester dates
Winter semester: 30th August 2016 to 27th January 2017
Summer semester: 13th February to 7th July 2017

Number of teaching weeks
18 per semester, including 28 weeks of work experience

Times
Mon. to Fri. all day (in exceptional cases also on Saturdays)

Language of Instruction
German


How you benefit

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.

Your future career

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:

  • Clinics, hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Medical practices of specialists for ophthalmology and optometry
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Your own practice
  • University and non-university research institutions
  • Universities of applied sciences

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Admission

Admission requirements

  • Higher education entrance qualification:

    • School leaving certificate from a secondary school or a secondary technical school.
    • Secondary school vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung)
    • Equivalent certification from abroad

Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.

  • University entrance qualification examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung)

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.

  • Relevant professional qualification with auxiliary examinations

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).

Application

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.

Selection process

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.

  • Aim
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level selection process with the best results. The tests are designed to assess the skills needed for an applicant's chosen profession.
  • Procedure
    The written selection test includes a series of test requirements to assess if you fulfill the basic intellectual and social-emotional performance requirements. Applicants who have achieved the minimum level on the test will then take part in the second stage of the selection process. The selection interview provides a first impression of the applicant's personal suitability. This includes professional motivation, professional understanding, performance, problem-solving skills and a capacity for careful consideration. Points are assigned to each section of the test.
  • Criteria
    The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance.
    The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the selection decision.
    The admission requirements must be met in all cases.
    All the required documents must be provided in time.

    Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:
    > Selection test (60%)
    > Selection interview (40%)

    The selection committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. If necessary, student representatives and further experts may be consulted. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the selection process are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.

Contact

Secretary's office

Elisabeth Nießner
Favoritenstraße 226, D.3.35
1100 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-4600
F: +43 1 606 68 77-4609
orthoptik@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Office hours during the semester
Mon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Teaching staff and Research staff


Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

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!

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