Postgraduate Diploma in Eye Care


Course Description
The Postgraduate Diploma in Eye Care is a one year full-time program. It was developed by the Fred Hollows Foundation (New Zealand) in collaboration with Divine Word University (DWU). The first group of students was enrolled in 2007. The curriculum is based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and tailored to those eye care conditions more appropriate to PNG.


 Duration of Study
The Postgraduate Diploma in Eye Care (PGDEC) program is a one year full time program. The program aims to provide students with values, attitudes, knowledge and skills in eye care that will enable them to provide effective and comprehensive eye care services.


Study Mode and Location
Full time on Campus, Divine Word University, Madang in association with Modilon General Hospital Eye Clinic

Units Offered
Year One (Semester 1)                                          Credit Points
EC501 Essential Eye Care                                          10           
EC502 Refraction 1                                                     10                  
EC503 Operating Theatre                                           10                          
EC509 Clinical Experience                                          10

Year One (Semester 2)
EC507 Refraction 2                                                      10                 
EC511 Clinical Rotations                                               20               
EC508 Professional Eye Care                                        10

Requisites to complete the award
Achievement of 80 credit points.    

Entry Requirement
Normal entry will require potential candidates to have completed a Bachelor degree program in Nursing or Health Sciences, or hold a nursing or a community health worker qualification recognized and/or registreable with Nursing Council or Medical Board in PNG. Those candidates intending to apply are encouraged to seek initial advice from the Eye Care department of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Entry requirements also include a minimum of one year’s experience in a health related field and matriculation or grade 12 certification.
Special entry may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for those who do not satisfy the above requirements for admission to the PGDEC program. The bases for such applications must be supported by providing the following documentations:

 1. A nursing diploma with significant and successful nursing experience;
 2. Other academic achievements accepted by the Eye Care Department’s Admission Committee as equivalent.

In all cases, the Admission Committee of the Eye Care Department will be the sole and final judge of such applications. The Admissions Committee consists of two to three members of the department who consult with the Registrar. The Admission Committee will investigate and scrutinize all applications. The decisions of the Admission Board will be communicated in writing and should not be presumed until such a decision has been communicated.