Ophthalmic Dispensing Programme
(D.I.T. Department of Optometry, School of Physics)
WHAT IS OPHTHALMIC DISPENSING?
Dispensing opticians advise on the most appropriate spectacle frames and lenses for a patient’s optical prescription. They take the client’s visual, lifestyle, cosmetic and vocational needs into account when recommending frames and lenses. Some dispensing opticians work as managers in optical practices. In certain cases they may fit contact lenses. In order to practise as a dispensing optician in the Republic of Ireland, graduates must first be registered with CORU (formerly The Opticians Board).
WHY CHOOSE DISPENSING AS A CAREER?
- There is a national shortage of dispensing opticians in Ireland and the DIT dispensing programme is the only one in the country. This programme only started in 2015 so this shortage will remain for some time.
- Salary expectations for a newly qualified dispensing optician (as at Oct 2016) between €25K - €30K per annum in the Republic of Ireland and up to £32K per annum in the UK (dependant on location).
- No shift work
- No unsociable hours
- No requirement to take work home
- No finishing late (i.e. no unpaid overtime)
- Job-related stress is minimal
- Flexible (can work as a locum)
- Offers the opportunity to own and operate one’s own business
WHAT WILL I DO?
The current programme is the only one in Ireland. The vast majority of newly qualified Dispensing Opticians enter practice as employees of other Dispensing Opticians/Optometrists.
Irish registered Dispensing Opticians can work in Australia. DIT will seek approval for graduates of the Programme to work in the UK. In order to work in the U.S.A. or Canada you may be required to undertake a national certification test and/or an adaption period of state registered apprenticeship. It is advisable to check the requirements for the particular state/province you wish to work in.
STUDENTS ON THE BSc OPHTHALMIC DISPENSING PROGRAMME CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED FOR ADVANCED ENTRY INTO THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BSc OPTOMETRY PROGRAMME AFTER THEY HAVE GRADUATED AS DISPENSING OPTICIANS (i.e. AFTER COMPLETION OF THE THREE YEARS PROGRAMME).
- The Central Applications Office handle the applications for the programme, reference DT219.
- Minimum entrance requirements: O3/H7 in either maths or applied maths, O5/H7 in either English or Irish. At least O4/H7 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Home Economics, Applied Mathematics or Engineering.
- Other qualifications such as GCE and International Baccalaureate, may also be accepted if an equivalent standard is obtained.
- "Special category" applicants (e.g. those who are "mature", or who have third level qualifications) are given separate consideration by DIT, but application is made to the CAO in the usual way. Formal interviews are conducted for short- listed applicants.
- The above notes are intended for information only. Applicants are strongly advised to study the CAO handbook and the DIT Faculty of Science prospectus. Information on this Information sheet is subject to change.
- All applicants are strongly advised to discuss the career as a Dispensing Optician with a practising professional before applying and accepting an offer of a place on the course.
FETAC Level 5 Minimum Entry Requirements
|CASLT / 5M3807 Applied Science – Laboratory Techniques||
CASFX / 5M5267 Food Science
5 Distinctions with 4 Distinctions from Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics, Chemistry
A Distinction in C20139 / 5N1833 Mathematics
|OR||Leaving Certificate Mathematics OC1|
Mature or Non-Standard Applicants
- Evidence of relevant successful third level studies or secondary level attainments which include Mathematics at the equivalent of Leaving Certificate grade OC1 or higher and English or Irish at the equivalent of Leaving Certificate grade OD1 or higher
- Success at interview and Maths Competency Test (MCT). For a sample MCT click here.
- Motivation and experience will be considered as part of the interview process
Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting. Students must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Students with previous addresses outside of the Republic of Ireland will be required to provide evidence of vetting by the relevant authority in which the address is located and at their own cost.
Currently Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.
The entire of the third year is spent on placement covering the modules:
All Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing undergraduates are required to insert drops, contact lenses and probes (with ocular anaesthetic) into fellow students’ eyes and allow fellow students to insert the same into their eyes during the course of their programme. All procedures will be carried out in a safe, clean, clinical environment under the supervision of an optometry faculty member.
Please see our international office page for more information.
|Patricia Mordaunt||Claire McDonnell||Eva Doyle|
|Phone: 01 402 4942||Phone 01 402 2872||Phone 01 402 4751|