Orthoptics Major

During the first two years at St. Kate’s, you will focus on completing your liberal arts and science requirements. Upper-level courses are orthoptics-specific. Classes are held on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

See below for a sample academic plan. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your needs.

Required supporting courses

PSYC 1001: General Psychology
CHEM 1010: General Chemistry for Health Sciences
BIOL 2510: Human Anatomy
PHYS 1020: Physics Concepts
BIOL 2520: Human Physiology
PSYC 2025: Lifespan Development
PSYC 2050: Statistical Methods
or ECON 2250: Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
or MATH 1080: Statistical Analysis
PHIL 2200: Ethics

Liberal arts and science core requirements

CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice
Health and fitness (EXSS - 4 credits)
History ( HIST - 4 credits)
Literature (LIT - 4 credits)
Fine arts (ART - 4 credits)
Theology (THEO - 4 credits)
Foreign language (LANG - 8 credits)


  • ORTH 4994 Topics: Ocular Motility I (4 credits)
  • ORTH 4994 Topics: Optics for Orthoptists (4 credits)


  • ORTH 4994 Topics: Introduction to Ophthalmic and Orthoptic Clinical Skills (4 credits)


  • ORTH 4994 Topics: Ocular Motility II (Eye diseases, congenital anomalies, and ocular emergencies) (4 credits)
  • ORTH 4994 Topics: Eye Care Pharmacology and Instrument Maintenance/Clinical Rotation I (4 credits)


  • ORTH XXXX: Clinical Externship I (2 credits)
    (clinical externship extends through both summer sessions)


  • ORTH XXXX: Ocular Motility III (4 credits)


  • ORTH XXXX: Clinical Externship II (4 credits)


  • ORTH XXXX: Ocular Motility IV Seminar (4 credits)
  • ORTH XXXX: Clinical Externship III (6 credits)
    (a continuation of the clinical externship begun during J-Term)

Summer/Fall - Residency

Students must also complete a five-month clinical residency after completing their academic requirements. This residency provides opportunities to hone clinical skills, gain professional practice experience and meet the minimum number of patient examinations, as required by the American Orthoptic Council. Students are supervised by certified orthoptists in approved pediatric or neuro ophthalmology practices throughout the country. Students also continue to have close contact with St. Kate’s faculty during their residency.

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.