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Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease Courses

(BSD30701) Advanced Ocular Disease I
(BSD30702) Advanced Ocular Disease II
Instructor of Record: William Sleight, OD

The AOD course sequence is a blended-learning course consisting of 100 hours of classroom discussion and 10 hours of online material. The didactic material is taught from a clinical-pathological perspective with the emphasis on diagnosis, treatment, and appropriate referral. Approximately 20 percent of the face-to-face time consists of interactive case discussion using a classroom response system (clickers). All lectures are recorded and all materials are available for review online. Instructional aids include online interactive cases and instructional quizzes for extra credit.

(BSD10320) Anatomy and Physiology I
Instructor of Record: Frances Rucker, PhD

This course provides a solid grounding in the principles of human anatomy as a basis for understanding disease. Head and neck anatomy is covered in extensive detail, as is the detailed anatomy of the orbit and external eye. Laboratory exposure to the material is also provided through human cadaver prosection, anatomical models, and computer-based teaching tools. This course also examines the anatomy and physiology of the eye. The material covered in this course provides essential background for clinical medicine, pharmacology, and ocular disease.

(BSD10321) Anatomy and Physiology II
Instructor of Record: Steven Koevary, PhD

This course examines the anatomy of the major thoracic and abdominal organ systems as well as the physiology of excitable cells (nerve and muscle) and the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, and digestive systems. The material covered in this course provides essential background for clinical medicine, pharmacology, and ocular disease.
(BSD10204) The Etiology of Diabetes and Glaucoma
Instructor of Record: James Mertz, OD, PhD
(BSD10204A) The Etiology of Diabetes and Glaucoma
Instructor of Record: Maureen Hanley, OD

This multidisciplinary course provides a comprehensive discussion of the pathogenesis of diabetes and glaucoma, two of the leading causes of blindness. The course examines the underlying physiology, neuroanatomy, psychophysics, epidemiology, public health
(including screening and compliance issues), examination methods, and treatment options for these conditions and includes an in-depth analysis of the relevant underlying biochemical pathways. Laboratories that teach techniques for diagnosing and managing these two diseases are coordinated with the lectures.

(BSD10300) Cell Biology, Histology, and Ocular Anatomy
(BSD10305A) Cell Biology, Histology, and Ocular Anatomy
Instructor of Record: Debora Nickla, PhD

This course provides an introduction to cell biology and the cellular components that make up tissues and determine their functions. Topics include epithelium, connective tissue, muscle, and neurons. Basic principles of organic molecules, cell biology, development, and tissue organization are covered, with an emphasis on relationships to ocular anatomy. A sub-unit of this course includes a comprehensive consideration of the gross and microscopic anatomy of the normal human eye. Laboratory sessions reinforce this material.

(BSD30901) Clinical Medicine
Instructor of Record: David Shein, MD

This one-semester course addresses a wide range of medical illnesses seen in clinical practice. Systemic diseases with ocular manifestations will receive the most focus, with specific attention given to the systemic findings. The optometry student will gain an understanding of epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical findings, treatment strategies, and referral guidelines. From the optometry perspective, students will learn when systemic diseases should be considered based upon ocular symptoms or findings on eye examination.

(BSD20805) General Pharmacology
Instructor of Record: Brandon Zimmerman, PhD

This course covers selected topics in pharmacology pertaining to the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and metabolic systems. Pathologies of the various systems and the mechanisms of pharmacological intervention will be covered. Side effects and contraindications of pharmacological treatments will also be explored. Additionally, basic principles of pharmacology will be explored to allow a better understanding of factors to consider when using or prescribing therapeutic drugs.

(BSD20881A) General and Ocular Pharmacology
Instructor of Record: James Mertz, OD, PhD

The General Pharmacology course covers selected topics in pharmacology of the endocrine, metabolic, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. Pathologies of the various systems and the mechanisms of pharmacological intervention will be covered. Additionally, basic principles of pharmacology will be explored to allow a better understanding of factors to consider when using therapeutic drugs. The Ocular Pharmacology section covers the clinical application, pharmacokinetics, side effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and prescription writing for ophthalmic and selected systemic medications.

(BSD10013A) Human and Ocular Anatomy
Instructor of Record: Frances Rucker, PhD

The Human Anatomy course presents a selective discussion of human gross anatomy as a basis for understanding disease and ocular function. A strong emphasis is placed on head and neck anatomy, including the orbit. This course complements a section of the histology course in which there is intensive consideration of the gross, microscopic and ultrastructural anatomy of the normal human eye. The didactic material in the gross anatomy course is illustrated with online access to Acland’s videos of human anatomy dissection and in the laboratory with dissection of the bovine eye and anatomical models.

(BSD20401) Immunology
Instructor of Record: Steven Koevary, PhD

This course teaches the basic principles of immune system function. The cells and factors which mediate the various types of immune responses, as well as their mechanisms of action in such processes as hypersensitivity reactions, inflammation, and neoplastic transformation, are described. Immunological principles are applied to the understanding of human disease, with emphasis placed on the eye, including the special nature of the intraocular immune response.

(BSD10009) Neuroanatomy
(BSD10011A) Neuroanatomy  
Instructor of Record: Cherie Farkash, OD

This course provides the student with information concerning the structure of the central nervous system as it relates to physical, reflexive, sensory, cognitive, and emotional behavior. All structures are studied in their clinical context. Students learn how to select and prioritize information to solve clinical problems.

(BSD20811) Ocular Pharmacology I
(BSD20812) Ocular Pharmacology II
Instructor of Record: William Sleight, OD

The ocular pharmacology curriculum consists of 9 self- study modules which cover current concepts regarding the management of ocular disease with systemic and topical pharmaceutical agents.  Each module covers a separate aspect of pharmaceutical intervention. The student will learn current indications, off label indications, side effects, and the most common drug interactions of current drugs used in ocular therapy. Moreover, the student will learn the mechanism of action of specific drugs as it relates to the pathophysiology of the condition for which the drug is prescribed. The pros and cons of particular drugs will be discussed so as to aid the clinical decision making process.
 
(BSD10288A) Ocular Physiology
Instructor of Record: Frances Rucker, PhD

The Ocular Physiology course examines the physiology of the tears, cornea, lens, vitreous and retina. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding the normal functioning of these tissues so that the student can understand how dysfunction can lead to ocular disease. This course complements the head and neck section of Human Anatomy and Cell biology relating to the orbital structures. 

(BSD30711) Special Topics I: Ocular Disease and Advanced Clinical Care
Instructor of Record: Anthony Cavallerano, OD

This course represents skill-building in all areas of clinical care, and provides advanced, clinically-relevant education for optometrists-in-training who have completed the second professional year and who have been exposed to patient care. The course is designed to expand clinical knowledge and enhance understanding in the area of secondary and tertiary eye care. The emphasis in Special Topics I is directed toward anterior segment topics, including treatment and management of adnexal and periorbital disorders. Each presentation consists of lecture and case studies, and is designed to be interactive and participatory.

(BSD30712) Special Topics II: Ocular Disease and Advanced Clinical Care
Instructor of Record: Anthony Cavallerano, OD

This course represents skill-building in all areas of clinical care, and provides advanced, clinically-relevant education for optometrists-in-training who have completed the second professional year and who have been exposed to patient care. The course is designed to expand clinical knowledge and enhance understanding in the area of secondary and tertiary eye care. The emphasis in Special Topics II is posterior segment disorders, glaucoma, and ocular manifestation of systemic disorders. Each presentation consists of lecture and case studies, and is designed to be interactive and participatory.

(BSD10286A) Systems Physiology
Instructor of Record: Steven Koevary, PhD

This course examines the anatomy and physiology of excitable cells (nerve and muscle), and the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, and digestive systems, as well as the physiology of receptors and membrane channels. The course uses an integrative approach that includes the examination of biochemical, cellular, histological, and whole-organ mechanisms. The material covered in this course provides essential background material for the clinical medicine, pharmacology, and ocular disease courses.