Diploma in Ophthalmic Science - CTEVT

Certificate in Ophthalmic Science program was introduced by CTEVT to produce middle level Eye Health Cadre Ophthalmic Assistant with a view to provide curative, preventive and promotive eye health services to the community.

Initially this cadre of human resource were used to certify through CTEVT/Skill test department and considered as a vocational training. This kind of certification though was catering the immediate need of eye care programme in the country, the trained ophthalmic assistant has limited horizon to grow and limited career ladder to upgrade themselves. This has contributed for the increasing demand of academic training which will allow them to grow further after completion of this certificate level course. In this regards, the CTEVT has decided to start certificate level programme leading to degree “Certificate in Ophthalmic Science” to the candidates who successfully complete the requirements as prescribed by the CTEVT.

The trained Ophthalmic Assistant is a professional Ophthalmic Health Worker, who has been given three full years training in Ophthalmology and related health sciences. The aim of this three years training is to produce compassionate mid level ophthalmic human resource who can help and play important role in eye care delivery system within the hospital and in the community.

Mission of the Curriculum

The mission of the curriculum is to educate and train the quality middle level ophthalmic health personnel equipped with sound knowledge and skills of Ophthalmology along with general medicine.


The strategies to achieve our mission of educational excellence will be attained by maintaining expert faculty, implementing a sound curriculum, and recruiting quality students.


The philosophy of the curriculum should be based on the development of both clinical and public health service provider as a profession for fulfilling the health needs of the people with its socio-cultural impact on health. It should be based on code of conduct of Nepal Health Professional Council. The approach should focus on providing curative, preventive and promotive primary eye health services in better way.

Aim and Objectives

The course aims to produce middle level Ophthalmic personnel with equipped sound knowledge and perfect skills of Ophthalmology along with knowledge and skills of general medicine at the level they are aimed at. The course enable students:

  • To acquire sound knowledge and perfect skills of Ophthalmology and general medicine
  • To demonstrate competency in identifying and resolving community health problems by applying Ophthalmic and modern procedure and medicines taking in consideration of nature of the diseases and condition of the patients
  • To demonstrate basic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to diagnose and manage primary eye/health problems of patients
  • To exhibit leadership skills and professional characteristics and attitudes required as the role of Ophthalmic health personnel or primary eye/health care manager.
  • To demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to work in a variety of eye/health care settings
  • To promote Ophthalmology system of medicine with modern knowledge and skills
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Salient features

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction will be in English and/or Nepali language.

Course Duration

The Certificate in Ophthalmic Science (Ophthalmology) program extends over three academic years. One academic year consists of maximum of 39 academic weeks and one academic week consists of maximum of 40 hrs.

Pattern of Attendance

Students should have 90% attendance to appear in annual and final examination.

Pass Marks

The pass marks for theory and practical examinations are:

  • 40% in theory examination
  • 60% in practical examination

Grading System

The following grading system will be adopted:

  • Distinction: 80% or above
  • First division: 65% or above
  • Pass division: Pass aggregate to below 65%

Certificate Award

The council for technical education and vocational training will award certificate in "Certificate in Ophthalmic Science (Ophthalmology)" to the candidates who successfully complete the requirements as prescribed by the CTEVT.


Secured at least grade C in C. Mathematics, C. English and C.Science in School leaving Certificate (SLC) examination from recognized academic institution and an average GPA of at least 2.

Candidates who pass SLC with optional Ophthalmology will be preferable

Should pass entrance examination administered by CTEVT

Final selection will be made on the basis merit list.

Candidates should submit the following documents at the time of application

  • SLC pass certificate
  • Character certificate
  • Citizenship certificate (for the name, parents' name, age, date of birth and address verification purpose only)
  • Student quota for different category of students as per the policy of CTEVT

Job prospectus

Career Path

The graduates would be eligible for registration with the Nepal Health Professional Council in the category as mentioned in the Act of the Council. The graduates would be eligible for the position to work at different level of eye/health institutions as prescribed by the Public Service Commission or the concerned authorities.

Curricular structure

This course is based on the job required to perform by a middle level Ophthalmic health personnel at different level eye/health institutions in Nepal. The Certificate in Ophthalmic Science on Ophthalmology program extends over three years. The first year focuses on basic sciences and foundational subjects, the second on medical sciences, and the third year is given to the application of learned theory and skill development within comprehensive practice settings, both hospital and community.