Duration: 48 Months (4 Years)
Degree Awarded: Bachelor
When I decided to study optometry, I thought it would be easy, I mean we only have two eyes,how hard could that be? I did not think that it would change my life and my way of thinking. Being an optometrist means that I always need to think and ask the patient what I can do to make them see better, and that I need to provide the best eye care services to everyone that walks through my door.I need to understand every single facial expression the patients do and every word they say, and that will allow me to take responsibility for my clinical decisions. I am still a student and I do not know how my professional life will be, but this program has taught me that I need to work hard, and to communicate thoroughly with my patients to provide the best care possible for them
Having the opportunity to study at the optometry department at An-Najah gave me superb clinical experiences, excellent academic training, and exposure to a great faculty and the ability to develop close, life-long friendships with fellow classmates. The Optometry department instilled in me a life-long love of learning and the desire to seek answers to difficult questions and the ability and privilege to deliver excellent vision-care to patients. Even though I have learned from and been mentored by some of the best, most knowledgeable optometric educators, I believe that I have learned more about optometry from seeing patients every week. I discover more about how different conditions are manifested in real life and how those conditions can affect the quality of life of people in every aspect of their daily lives
When I first began the optometry program, I though that optometry is only about testing vision and prescribing glasses. Now as a second year student, I realize that there is so much more to optometry than we are lead to believe. There are so many things to learn and different specialities to excel in, and it is hard for me to imagine that four years will be enough to learn all the optometric skills that are necessary to become a professional. This semester, I had the opportunity to do my community service hours at An-Najah University Optometry Clinic, where I got to see third and forth year students performing direct optometric patient care. Through this experience, I understood the essence of what optometry really is, and that all the hard work and stress we are experiencing during our course work will pay off when we begin our clinical rotations. More than ever, I am more motivated to learn and very excited about what the next two years will hold for me
My passion for this specialization pushed me to enroll in the optometry programme offered by An-Najah. In fact, I overcame all the challenges that I experienced at the beginning of my educational experience. all thanks to my lecturers who were a great source of support and were always ready to offer help. The Optometry Department also offers facilities including clinics for training that helped us to develop our clinical skills during practical training.
As I was trying to achieve my ambitions and dreams, I enrolled in the optometry programme at An-Najah National University. At the beginning, I faced many challenges at the Optometry Department during which I developed my confidence and experienced new things. Through my study, I learned more about the various parts of humans’ eyes and many other subfields. The programme offers theoretical and training courses which prepare us to our future career life.
Being a student at An-Najah has been an enriching experience and is the right choice I ever made as it is the only university that offers the optometry programme in Palestine. The Optometry Department is well equipped with the latest modern devices and it homes professional supervisors who do their best to provide clinical and eye care services at the clinic.