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Major

During the first two years at St. Kate’s, you will focus on completing your liberal arts and science requirements. Upper-level courses are orthoptics-specific. Classes are held on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

See below for a sample academic plan. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your needs.

Generals

Required supporting courses

  • General Psychology
  • General Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physics Concepts
  • Human Physiology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Statistical Methods
  • or Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
  • or Statistical Analysis
  • Ethics

Liberal arts and science core requirements

  • The Reflective Woman
  • Global Search for Justice
  • Health and fitness (EXSS - 4 credits)
  • History ( HIST - 4 credits)
  • Literature  (LIT - 4 credits)
  • Fine arts (ART - 4 credits)
  • Theology (THEO - 4 credits)
  • Foreign language (LANG - 8 credits)

Junior

Fall

  • Ocular Motility I (4 credits)
  • Optics for Orthoptists (4 credits)

J-Term

  • Topics: Introduction to Ophthalmic and Orthoptic Clinical Skills (4 credits)

Spring

  • Topics: Ocular Motility II (Eye diseases, congenital anomalies, and ocular emergencies) (4 credits)
  • Topics: Eye Care Pharmacology and Instrument Maintenance/Clinical Rotation I (4 credits)

Summer

  • Clinical Externship I (2 credits)

(clinical externship extends through both summer sessions)

Senior

Fall

  • Ocular Motility III (4 credits)

J-Term

  • Clinical Externship II (4 credits)

Spring

  • Ocular Motility IV Seminar (4 credits)
  • Clinical Externship III (6 credits)

(a continuation of the clinical externship begun during J-Term)

Residency

Summer/Fall

Students must also complete a five-month clinical residency after completing their academic requirements. This residency provides opportunities to hone clinical skills, gain professional practice experience and meet the minimum number of patient examinations, as required by the American Orthoptic Council. Students are supervised by certified orthoptists in approved pediatric or neuro ophthalmology practices throughout the country. Students also continue to have close contact with St. Kate’s faculty during their residency.

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).