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    Online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Vision Research

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC Program Membership(s): SOCAD . PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Graduate Certificate - Certificate-Graduate Enrollment: 100 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board, Voice Subject: Optometry METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses WebCT

    Over the past decade, the optometric profession has witnessed dynamic changes and growth in global health care delivery systems. This phenomenon has been accompanied by enormous advances in technology and the health sciences. It has impacted how we work, how we communicate, and how we learn. Technology has touched every field imaginable, including clinical optometry and vision science. While advances in information technology have simplified the exchange of information, it has also increased the sheer volume of data available and has made managing information more complicated than ever before.

    In response to these widespread changes, NSU's College of Optometry has developed a 23-credit online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Vision Research (CVR). This program is designed to assist optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals extend their career opportunities by developing and enhancing their ability to perform clinical vision research. This innovative program also allows students to continue on and earn a Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research.

    Accommodating the need and desire of most health care professionals to remain in their present locations and employment and, at the same time, draw upon a nationally recognized faculty, the CVR program offers a unique opportunity through NSU College of Optometry's state-of-the-art, Web-based distance learning technology. The program may be completed at home or in the office at times convenient to the student, without compromising the student's career, family, and personal obligations.

    The primary audience for this program include optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals who conduct or plan to conduct clinical vision research in a patient-care or academic setting. The program is designed to provide the CVR student with the opportunity to acquire or enhance his or her knowledge and skills to design, develop, perform, analyze, and evaluate research projects and studies. Following completion of the program, CVR graduates will find themselves well prepared to face the challenge of contributing to the research and knowledge-base of their profession.
    All courses are offered via the Web. The student's computer must meet or exceed the following minimal requirements listed below in order to easily access and participate in the program.


    Pentium II 266 MHz or AMD processor (Pentium III at 400 MHz or higher recommended, AMD Athalon Processor or compatible also recommended)
    128MB RAM or higher
    56k V.90 Modem
    8x CD-ROM (higher speed recommended)
    8MB Video Card or higher recommended
    4 GB Hard Disk free space (8 GB or higher recommended)
    128K cache
    32 bit Sound Blaster card or compatible sound card
    ISP (Internet Service Provider other than AOL) (a DSL line recommended)
    Printer (optional)
    Microphone with headset or boom microphone
    Surge suppressor electrical outlet

    Office 97 or 2000 including Word, PowerPoint, & Excel
    Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.7 (Netscape 6.X is
    not supported in WebCT)
    Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, Windows ME, or Windows 2000
    Real Player (free download)
    Adobe Reader (free download)
    Antivirus (Norton or McAfee recommended)
    Technical assistance is available through the University's Help Desk, but students are expected to have basic computer skills upon enrollment and to use their Internet Service Provider for basic support. If you don't have computer experience, it is strongly suggested that you develop the required skills listed below before you begin taking courses in the program.


    Windows skills
    Word processing skills including the ability to save work as text files and to copy and paste text.
    Electronic mail skills with the ability to attach files
    Bulletin board skills
    FTP or downloading skills
    Web navigation skills
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The NSU Library system provides access to over 10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students and carries textbooks for all the university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university's financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.


    Each student is assigned a mentor during the first year of study and is assigned an advisor for the second year of study. The second year of course work is designed to meet the individualized interests and specializations of the student.
    With careful planning, students who complete the Graduate Certificate in the Clinical Vision Research program, if accepted into to the Master's program, may transfer all credits to any specific track for the Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research and complete the entire program in as little as two years. Please note that the Graduate Certificate program must be completed within three years and the Master of Science program must be completed within six years of matriculation.


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