WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,897 /year
Applications Begin:June 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Optometry
Start Date:October 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Medicine
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: August 2021
Programme Overview

Optometry is a profession concerning vision, the practice of which includes the determination and evaluation of the refractive status of the eye.

It also includes the detection of the diseases both ocular and systemic and in the selection, design, provision, and adaptation of optical and optically related corrective measures. An Optometrist is a person qualified and authorized to practice optometry in all its aspects.

The profession of optometry is a combination of legal. Educational, practice management, service a delivery and public health initiative that is unique to every country. It based on culture, educational and regulatory frameworks.

Optometry is more than just the correction of refractive error. Uncorrected refractive error is the second highest cause of blindness and the main cause of visual impairment globally.

The focus of the program is to qualify Optometrists who are competent, compassionate with a humane and holistic approach towards their patients. The quality of education imparted to the Students is constantly improved by upgrading teaching and learning methods through a continuous process.

Overall Objective:
The overall objective of the course is to train competent Optometrists who can provide comprehensive preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative eye health and vision care services, which include refraction, dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of diseases of the eye, and rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

Specific Objectives
The curriculum  is a full-time semester and program of study with the following major aims and objectives:

The specific objectives of this program shall be able to;
1) Train an Optometrist  to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitude to practice as primary eye care professionals
2) Train optometrists who will be able to teach Optometry at a School/College of Optometry, take up further education and do research in the ophthalmic field.
3) Train Optometrists who will independently perform comprehensive clinical eye examination including refraction, and detection of pathological disorders of the eye and related systems.
4) Train Optometrists who will independently prescribe all types of optical corrections including spectacles, contact lenses, low vision aids, vision therapy, and eye exercises.
5) Create an opportunity for Ordinary Diploma holders to upgrade knowledge and skills.

Programme Learning Outcomes
At the end of the program graduate (optometrist) should be able:
1. Assess the visual function of the eye to client/patient
2. Assess ocular health to the public/community
3. Prescribe and fit contact lenses to clients/patients
4. To provide comprehensive eye care
5. Plan and implement eye care programs in clinical/community settings
6. Conduct research on eye care

This is a four-year programme which aimed at training optometrists who promote eye health and vision care as a human right through eye care service provision and through advocacy, education. Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.
Admission Requirements

All courses are taught in English. Therefore it is imperative that students are proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Entry qualifications
Three principal passes in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with minimum entry of 6 points. Whereby one must have at least C grade in Chemistry and at least D grade in Biology and E grade in Physics

Equivalent Entry
All equivalent applicants may apply for the above programmes if they meet the requirements stated below:
– Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with at least five (5) passes including two credit passes in Chemistry and  Biology and a D grade in Physics PLUS appropriate Diploma or Advanced Diploma with an average of “B+’’ or GPA of 3.5
BSc (lower second) majoring in Physics/Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology /Zoology

Application Process
Application Fees for Tanzanian Students: $22
Application Fees for International Students: $50

How to Apply:
Every Applicant should prepare documents which include:
– Relevant certificates
– Birth Certificate, among others (Contact School =

All of the documents should be attached to an application form which can be gotten with a fee of:
** 50,000 TZS for local students
** 115485 TZS for International students

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– General practice doctor
– Ophthalmologist
– Orthoptist
– Clinical scientist, physiological sciences
– Dispensing optician

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Tuition Fees for Tanzanian Students: $1,897
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,992

Tuition Fees for Tanzanian Students = 4,400,000 TZS
Tuition Fees for International Students = 6,939,000 TZS

– Fees paid will not be refunded if the student leaves or withdraws or leaves the college without permission
– Actual costs will vary depending upon the specific year and needs of the student.
– Foreign students shall be required to pay for a resident permit, and must check the prevailing amount as may be determined by the Government from time to time.
– The University College reserves the right to change any fees, deposits, and other charges or any other provisions of this section at any time and without prior notification to the student or their sponsor and any such changes shall have immediate effect.

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