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Upskilling courses for ophthalmic assistants, technicians & senior enrolled nurses

Accredited and recognised courses offer you a chance to develop your skills.

Ophthalmic assistants, ophthalmic technicians and nurses are essential members of the healthcare community.

The Duke-NUS Basic Certificate for Ophthalmic Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician Course is offered by SNEC in joint affiliation with Duke-NUS Medical School, and is designed to integrate classroom theory, lab skills, and clinical experience to produce competent Allied Health Professionals in ophthalmology.

These Allied Health Professional training programmes were awarded the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) accreditation for excellence. They are also designed to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (CoA–OMP) standards and guidelines. The programme has been awarded a few awards of excellence, such as the GEM (Ground Breaking, Effective, Momentous) award from Singhealth Allied Health Innovative practice (AHIP) awards and the Golden Apple Award for programme excellence from AMEI. Currently, through a public-private partnership with Santen International, work is in progress for this programme to be offered in regional countries under the EYETRAIN project. 

One of the course attendees was Joey Poh, Senior Ophthalmic Investigation Technologist, Visual Electrodiagnostic Service, SNEC. She shared, "By taking the interdisciplinary Duke-NUS Basic Certificate for Ophthalmic Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician Course, I was not only able to gain knowledge beyond my job scope, but also acquired a deeper understanding of how different departments work together to ensure that patients are cared for properly.

"I found the modules to be most helpful in advancing my career. In particular, the Pathophysiology and Investigations module provided me with additional insight into evaluating the condition of a patient through deciphering other tests (such as the visual field) offered outside of my department. Anyone who is passionate about ophthalmology healthcare is highly recommended to enrol in this course to expand their knowledge of both theoretical and practical skills, as well as make new friends."

For senior enrolled nurses who wish to gain more knowledge and skills in advanced nursing and professional development, the Senior Enrolled Nurse Developmental Programme is intended for them.


Module 1: Ophthalmic Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology

  • Gaining an overview of the eye’s organisation
  • Learning the visual pathway
  • Grasping the effect of microbiological mechanisms on the eye

Module 2: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Investigations

  • Studying the principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology related to ophthalmology
  • Understanding ophthalmic diseases, diagnostics, management and treatment
  • Enhancing knowledge of drug administration, actions and reactions

Module 3: Clinical Skills

  • Mastering clinical skills and applying them in a clinical setting

Module 4: Assisting in an Ophthalmic Environment (Ophthalmic Assistants) / Clinical Investigations (Ophthalmic Technicians)

  • Developing further expertise in clinical skills which can be applied in an ophthalmic environment or for clinical investigations.


This programme is designed to upskill our existing senior enrolled nurses. It is a combination of Modules 1 to 4 of the above Ophthalmic Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician Courses with additional training in clinical skills such as:

  • lid hygiene
  • post-operation eye dressing
  • lacrimal syringing
  • irrigation
  • Schirmer’s Tear Test administration
  • peripheral blood glucose monitoring
  • incision and draining assistance

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Click here to check out other articles in SINGVISION Issue 1/2022.