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This course has been developed by the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association of Queensland Inc. in conjunction with QUT.

This course provides students with contemporary knowledge and skills to meet the health needs of people with a variety of eye disorders.

The knowledge and skills you develop during this course will enable you to provide high quality care in your practice as an ophthalmic nurse, and give you the ability to think critically when planning and providing ophthalmic care.

Who should participate

Registered and enrolled nurses with at least three months' experience working with patients who require ophthalmic care.

You should also be employed at least part-time in ophthalmic practice to enable you to submit a clinical portfolio as part of the overall assessment of the course.



  • Online
  • Correspondence


The course is offered annually for registered and enrolled nurses, and is designed to be completed over 15 weeks, during the university semester.

Dates for future courses are to be confirmed.


This course is conducted externally. A course outline, study guide and readings will be provided online. You won't be required to be on campus during the course. You'll need reliable internet access to complete the course.


Fees for future courses are to be confirmed. See 2017 fees for an indication of costs.

2017 fees

$1,350 (GST included)

Fees include access to:

  • online materials
  • Blackboard (QUT's interactive learning tool).

You'll also need to purchase the required text book: Shaw, Mary E.; Lee, Agnes. (2016) Ophthalmic Nursing, Fifth Edition . ISBN 9781482249767. Cost: $86.95 (approximately) plus postage and handling, when purchased through the QUT Bookshop).

Credit eligibility

If you successfully complete this course and you're accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing, you can apply for credit (advanced standing) for one elective unit worth 12 credit points.


For more information about course content or assessment, contact the course coordinator, Amanda Wylie at

For questions about registration or payments, contact Continuing Professional Education.

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The course is comprised of 9 modules:

  • Overview: Role of the nurse in ophthalmology
  • Module 1: Ocular anatomy and physiology
  • Module 2: Optics and care of the patient with an error of refraction
  • Module 3: Role of the ophthalmic nurse as educator
  • Module 4: Ophthalmic pharmacology, patient safety and nursing responsibilities
  • Module 5: Ophthalmic assessment of the patient
  • Module 6: Care of the patient presenting with acute problems
  • Module 7: The lens and care of the patient with cataract
  • Module 8: The angle, aqueous and care of the patient with glaucoma
  • Module 9: The retina, vitreous and care of the patient with a condition of the retina


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • describe knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology and optics and discuss how it relates care of patients in the ophthalmic setting
  • apply evidence based resources to improve the quality of ophthalmic nursing practice specifically when caring for patients with common ocular disease processes
  • identify how the individual and cultural needs of a variety of patients with ophthalmic conditions can be met
  • discuss a range of strategies that can be used to provide education programs to promote health, prevent disease and support patient autonomy in the ophthalmic setting
  • explain the use of medications to deliver safe care to ophthalmic patients
  • identify and state the purpose of current practice policies (standards) and guidelines that inform quality care of ophthalmic patients.

You'll receive a QUT-endorsed certificate of completion once you successfully complete the modules and assessment.  As awards and payment for qualifications varies between states, you may need to seek advice from your employer about recognition and remuneration for this course.


Formative assessment

  • Online activities on the university Blackboard site at the end of each module.

Summative assessment

  • Clinical case study of your choice.
  • Clinical portfolio recording completion of activities contained in each of the modules.


Amanda Wylie

Amanda Wylie has over 20 years experience in ophthalmic nursing at various levels and in a wide range of practice settings. Amanda has had extensive involvement in the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association of Queensland Inc (AONAQ) and has been a member of that organisation since 1994, serving on the Executive Committee for 19 of those years. She is currently involved in contributing to the development of the Professional Practice Standards for Ophthalmic Nurses in Australia.

Amanda has a Masters in Nursing (Health Services), a Post Graduate Certificate in Ophthalmic Nursing and Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching, and is a member of the College of the Australian College of Nursing.

Contact Amanda at

Register your interest

Register your interest for future courses.

Register your interest for future courses

Email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future courses, and we'll contact you when registrations open.


When you register for the course, you'll create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You'll be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the Course Manager at Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel before the course start date, you'll receive a full refund minus a $100 administration fee. Access to online course material will no longer be available when you cancel your registration.

No registration refunds will be made once the course has started (except in exceptional circumstances with supporting evidence).

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.