In the optometry course, everything revolves around the eye and vision from day one. Practical content from the natural sciences, technology and medicine are just as much a part of the bachelor's degree as technical components and a large portion of empathy for customers and patients.
In numerous internships and practical phases, you will learn how to determine refractive error, try out measurement and examination techniques on external test subjects, or adjust various visual aids.
As a graduate you are a welcome specialist in optician stores, in eye clinics, in ophthalmologic practices, in centers for refractive surgery, in vocational training, in the ophthalmic industry or in applied research.
The ECOO accreditation (European Council of Optometry and Optics), which is unique in Germany, makes you ideally equipped to practice optometry throughout Europe. Or you can decide to continue your education after graduation; in our master's program you can expand your competencies even further.
What you should bring to the table
– Interest in optics, technology and medicine – Manual dexterity – Fun working with people
What our students say
"What I particularly like about the A/O course is learning in small groups, all the practical content and the close proximity to patients."
– Nicole Rinke, student
"The study offers everything that interests me: Natural sciences, medicine, crafts. The many practicals help to better understand the knowledge learned. The technical equipment is very good."
– Babette Trankner, student
– University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification, subject-specific or general university entrance qualification, or another university entrance qualification specified by law (for example, Realschulabschluss in accordance with Section 11 of the BerlHG)
(Training as an optometrist is no longer required as of WS 2019/20)
Application period for admission-restricted Bachelor (with NC) for the winter semester 2022/23:
– No previous internship or professional qualification as an optician is required. – Applicants with a professional qualification as an optician can apply for recognition of five modules (30 LP, equivalent to one semester).
Approximately every second person living in Germany needs a visual aid or suffers from an eye disease. The visual aids with their diverse technical and optical properties are determined by optometrists. Assessing visual functions and the state of health of the eyes. Thus making a valuable contribution to preventive health care.
The study of ophthalmic optics/optometry is the combination of natural science, technology and medicine, paired with craft components and a large portion of empathy for the customers and patients and thus a speciality.
Lectures on the optics of the eye and visual aids, on visual perception and on eye diseases are just as much a part of the course as the numerous internships in which, among other things, people with vision problems or eye diseases are examined, advised and fitted with glasses, contact lenses or magnifying vision aids.
Practical phases and modules with scientific content enable students to transfer practical and scientific content into professional practice.
The course content meets international requirements for a modern study of optometry. The course is therefore accredited by the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO).
The focus of the study program on application-oriented optometry takes into account the increasing demand for health services related to the eye, which results from the demographic development and the ever-increasing demands on vision.
Students spend almost half of their study time in internships, in which the refractive error of the eye is determined from the first days of study, measurement and examination techniques are tested and visual aids are fitted.
Students acquire important skills for the safe application of optometry through the examination, provision of visual aids and consultation of real clients and patients in the clinical internships as well as in the practical phases. The course of study usually lasts seven semesters. Ends with the academic degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).Sc.). With this degree, graduates enjoy the same professional rights as master opticians and are therefore entitled to unrestricted professional practice in Germany and Austria.