Patient Care I (PC12120)
Patient Care I is the first introduction to patient care as a student clinician. This course consists of vision screenings and clinical observations. The NECO vision screening is a limited testing of vision, consisting of eight separate examination procedures, tailored to the population being served. Students will perform screenings on toddlers, children, and young adults under the oversight of a preceptor. On each screening, students are evaluated by the preceptor on examination techniques, record keeping, attitude/professionalism, and maintenance of patient logs.
The second part of this course focuses on proficiency in professional doctor-patient communications. Students learn communication techniques via lectures, readings, observations of health care professionals, and by application and practice during assigned screenings. The observation program places students in different health care settings to critically observe how communication techniques are utilized.
These two clinical activities (screenings and observations) comprise the clinical course for the first year. Students in the Advanced Optometric Degree Program begin vision screenings and clinical observations during the spring of their initial year.
For all of Patient Care I, clinical performance is graded as Pass, Remedial or Fail based on meeting all of the requirements and on clinical performance at screenings. The requirements include fulfilling immunizations, CPR training, HIPAA training, and submitting clinical observation forms, log forms, and preceptor evaluations. Clinical performance is evaluated by screening preceptors after each screening assignment, as well as a final on-line grade submitted at the end the term.