If you are looking for a health oriented respected profession where you get to help save sight and improve the quality of life of your community, then optometry is a career for you. With advancing technology, more time spent using computer screens and mobile phones, and with increasing prevalence of chronic eye disease, having access to an eye care specialist for routine eye care has become essential. Optometrists are trained to examine the eye and treat any vision disorder. Not only do they prescribe glasses or contact lenses, but they are also trained to screen for eye diseases.
A bachelor of optometry degree is a 4-year degree program where students are trained in vision science and primary eye care. Graduates of this program become independent primary eye care clinicians with expertise in a wide range of specialties dedicated to preserving sight and eliminating preventable causes of vision loss.
AAUP aims to serve as a center of excellence in optometry education by delivering an exemplary optometry educational program whose graduates possess the highest level of competency relative to international standards and who become future clinicians who are knowledgeable, clinically competent, professional and most of all ethical. The bachelor of optometry program will:
Optometrists may practice independently, or in a multidisciplinary team of ophthalmologists or other health care specialists or rehabilitation workers. Optometry is rewarding life-long career with extensive options of career pathways which include:
The bachelor of optometry degree program at the Arab American University is accredited by the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education. Graduates of the Optometry program will be members of the Palestinian Council of Optometrists and Opticians following their graduation, and will receive a recognized license from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.