|Title||AN ALL ON-LINE MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN CLINICAL VISION RESEARCH|
|Author, Co-Author||Bin Zhang, Josephine Shallo-Hoffmann|
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry has a fully accredited Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research (MSCVR) program designed to assist optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals to extend their career opportunities by developing and enhancing their ability to perform clinical vision research.
Report: This is a two-year program, 45 credit program, consisting of 24 credits of required core courses. A term runs 12 weeks and there are four terms each year. Core course topics include: Clinical Research Ethics, Fundamentals of Biostatistics; Principles of Statistical Inference; Clinical Research Design; Information Science for Clinical Research; Government and Private Funding Proposal Development; Presentation, Evaluation, & Publication of Clinical Vision Research; Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Subject Research, Epidemiology and Visual Health and International Development. A certificate is granted for candidates who successfully fulfill 24 credits of core course requirements. Specialty track courses are designed for each student individually, to reflect the student’s interest and expertise and consist of 21credits. A MSCVR degree is granted for candidates who successfully complete the specialty track and a thesis. WebCt technology consists of a secure platform, facilitating learning of subject matter in addition to an active exchange of information with instructors and fellow students. Our master’s students are presenting papers and poster at this meeting for the past seven years. We are actively serving the needs of the military and have been listed as an AMEDD approved program.
Conclusion: The MSCVR program is the only ALL online graduate program in a college of optometry. The program is achieving the goal of advancing knowledge to pursue research and scholarship through effective online teaching, learning strategies and dedication on the part of the instructors, thesis advisors and especially the students.
|Affiliation of Co-Authors||Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry|