Applications are now open for the 2020 Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (ACO-COT). The Certificate allows optometrists to increase their scope of practice and treatment options.
2019 course survey results showed that 90% of students said their course expectations were achieved. “The lecturers and the staff went out of their way to make sure I attained a high standard,” said John Evans, ACO-COT graduate.
“The online lectures were great as they are pre-recorded and if you miss something you can just scroll back and look and listen again,” said Mike Farrell, ACO-COT graduate.
For Jelle De Bock who practices in rural Australia, the certificate has saved time and improved patient experiences. “I am enjoying not having to call the GPs anymore every time I want something prescribed. So there is a lot of time saved and I have noticed that my patients are happier at not being sent to the GP to get a prescription,” he said.
ACO-COT graduates are able to claim 80 CPD points. Candidates who are registered to practice in New Zealand will be able to claim 40 CE points. The course commences on 13 April 2020. For more information and to download an application form visit www.aco. org.au/professional-development/ ocular-therapeutics-course.