Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course
The Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification course is Massachusetts-specific, and provides participants with a certification in the most current evidence-based vision screening and eye health best practices for school-aged and preschool-aged children.
Why Should You Take This Course?
Training and certification help to ensure:
- Children and students receive consistent vision screening and follow-up procedures when they do not pass vision screenings.
- All screeners within programs, clinics, and school districts screen consistently by using evidence-based tools and best-practice procedures developed and approved by national groups and professional organizations, including the:
- Expert Advisory Committee of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness.
- American Academy of Pediatrics.
- American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology.
- American Association of Certified Orthoptists.
- Under-referrals and inconsistencies that can drive inequalities in children’s vision, eye care, and eye health, are minimized.
Who Should Take the Course?
The Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course is appropriate for professionals in home visiting and early care and education programs, as well as in school, childcare, public health, primary healthcare settings, and community volunteers.
The Prevent Blindness course content will meet the vision screening needs of:
- Head Start/Preschool Program Health Managers and Staff
- School Health Clerks
- Public* and Private School Nurses
- Medical Assistants
- Public Health Nurses
- Primary Healthcare Providers
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants in Pediatrics
- Early Education and Care Staff
- Home Visiting Program Staff
- Community Volunteers
*MA Public School Nurses are welcome to take this course. Nurses new to public school nursing must also complete the BU-Shield health screening program. Contact your Regional School Nurse Consultant, or Department of Public Health for your training schedule.
What is Certification, and How Long is it Valid?
Successful completion of the course will result in a three-year nationally recognized certification in Children’s Vision Screening provided by Prevent Blindness.
In-Person or Online Children’s Vision Screening Training Classes
Prevent Blindness offers certification in Children’s Vision Screening through two methods:
- In-Person class (arranged for a group of 10 – 20 individuals).
- Online self-paced modules for individuals and groups (with a follow-up skills assessment video call e.g., Facetime).
Both Certification Courses run approximately 3 to 4 hours in total. Training includes:
- An overview of childhood vision disorders and their treatment
- An explanation of age-appropriate, Prevent Blindness and MA DPH-approved vision screening tools
- State Laws and regulations for Massachusetts vision screening
- How to set up the vision screening environment
- How to use the evidence-based vision screening tools
- Referral protocols
- Suggestions to improve follow-up on vision screening referrals
- Hands-on Skills Assessment (real-time training either in-person or via video call)
How the Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Training is Developed
Prevent Blindness is the only organization to offer a national training and certification program in children’s vision screening and screening program implementation. All Prevent Blindness screening programs are based on medically accepted and scientifically tested screening techniques and technologies, standardized training, testing and reporting, and continual program evaluation.
To ensure our vision screening program is well designed, Prevent Blindness engages the guidance of its Scientific Advisors who are members of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health Advisory Committee. The committee and its sub-committees are leading experts in child health and vision care from across the country, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, pediatricians, public health strategists, family representatives, vision and eye health researchers, and others.
The Massachusetts-specific training includes protocols specific to the state. Content has been approved by the experts at the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness.