Course Outline

Course Duration and Schedule

The course commencment date is Monday 19 March 2018.  Book by Monday 11 March to avoid the late fee

It is anticipated that candidates will complete the course within 6 months of commencement, including assessments.

A tentative course schedule is provided below:

Course Component


Time Frame   - week commencing

Module 1 - Introductory Level Glaucoma
Lectures 1 - 3

18 March  - 1 April 2019

Module 2 - Open Angle Glaucoma and Principles of Treatment
Lectures 4 - 10

8 April  - 27 May 2019

Study Break   3 June 2019
Exam A    Week starting 10 June 2019 (Exam will occur on a set, non-flexible, date. Date TBC. )
Module 3 - Closed Angle Glaucoma and Principles of Treatment Lectures 11-14 17 June - 8 July 2019
Module 4 - Clinical consideration & Legal Aspects
Lectures 15-16

15 July - 22 July 2019

Clinical Placements   29 July - 19 August 2019
Submission of case studies & 2 crtiical appraisals
  26 August 2019
Log books due    2 September 2019
Study Break (Forum contributions assessed)   9 September 2019
Exam B    w/c 16 September date and time TBC  (set date and time)

Note: This schedule provides an indication only. Candidates should check with the ACO for examination dates and times prior to making any leave or travel arrangements.


The online course will involve approximately 16 hours of online lectures, 9 hours of skills demonstration videos and at least 10 hours of self-directed learning. At the completion of this course, candidates should understand the:

  • Anatomy of the optic nerve head and the factors that underpin neuronal function, subtypes of glaucoma and their pathophysiology;
  • risk factors and clinical features that underpin primary and secondary glaucoma in both open and closed angle forms;
  • current medical management and treatment strategies of glaucoma;
  • side-effects of therapy (systemic and ocular);
  • possible interactions between treatments and systemic disease;
  • role of laser and surgical treatment in glaucoma management;
  • detection of early glaucoma and structural and functional testing for early glaucoma;
  • differential diagnosis of optic nerve disease; and
  • principles of effective management and monitoring for glaucoma progression in a shared care, co-monitoring environment with ophthalmologists.

Clinical Placement

Clinical placements comprise of directly supervised glaucoma management under an ophthalmologist and candidates will be required to make arrangements for their own clinical placement. Candidates will be required to keep a logbook detailing hours and list of conditions and treatment plans, as well as submit case reports demonstrating proficient knowledge in a range of clinical skills essential to the scope of glaucoma. Some of the conditions will be able to be undertaken at the candidate's own practice. 


Two online multiple choice assessments will be held on a fixed date in June and September. Assessment one will cover topics in Modules 1 and 2 and Assessment 2 will cover topics in Module 3 and 4. A 70 % pass rate is required. Content marked as required reading in the reading list is examinable material.

Assessment also includes 20hours of clinical placements for which a logbook must be submitted covering Special Techniquest that need to be practised or Conditions observed.  Contribution to the forum is assessed and 2 x critical appraisals are also part of the assessment.



Clinical Placement


  20 hours

2 case reports of 1500 words




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