Eye is a very important part of the body and very sensitive because without eye we cannot be able to see what is happening in the surrounding. The lack of eyes can limit somebody movement. Although there was a course that deals with the management of eye conditions in Kenya, it is only offered at diploma level and is called diploma in optometry.
With advancement of education, a degree course that deals with eye conditions was introduced in Kenya in 2009 by Masinde Muliro University and the first intake was done in 2010 (2010-2011 academic year) with only seven students but since then, there have been several intakes that registered many students.
Kenya is among the five countries in Africa that offer Bachelor of Science in Optometry and vision science course. In Kenya, this course takes a minimum of four years with trimesters (three semesters per academic year) including attachments. The university is currently constructing its own eye hospital because but the students have been practicing at kakamega county hospital (former kakamega general provincial hospital).
Since Masinde Muliro university is the only university in Kenya that offers bachelor of science in optometry in Kenya, this course has become a very competitive courses due to availability of jobs hence the university is experiencing a lot of application from candidates.
Entry requirement for Bachelor of Science in Optometry and Vision Science (self sponsored students)
- The candidates must obtained a mean grade of C+ (plus) at Kenya certificate of secondary education (KCSE) and passes in the following cluster subjects:
Alternative A – biology (C+), mathematics (C+), physics (C+) and English (C+).
Alternative B – biological science (B), physical sciences (C+), mathematics (C+) and English (C+)
- Two principle passes in biology and physical and a credit either in chemistry or mathematics at KCSE.
- Diploma in optometry or its equivalent from a recognized institution by MMUST senate.
The total fees paid for this degree program is Kshs.144, 000. First trimester is Kshs.68, 000, second trimester is Kshs.68, 000 and third trimester is Kshs.10, 000.
For more information, contact:
P.O. Box 190 – 50100, Kakamega, Kenya.
Or call the chairperson of the department of optometry and vision sciences by cell phone; 0721308075.