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Course information set

  • After completion of Master of Optometry, graduates are able to practise as an optometrist and register with the Optometry Board of Australia.
  • Prepare for a career in private practice, contact lens practice, paediatric vision, occupational/public health vision or low vision.
  • Practise clinical skills under the supervision of registered optometrists at the on campus QUT Health Clinics
  • Choose to travel and complete clinical training in rural and remote Australia, or overseas
QTAC course code425312
QUT course code OP45
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
CRICOS code 065380A
Careers
  • Optometrist

Details

Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners and are often the first point of contact for many people seeking advice about their eyes and vision. Optometrists are ideally placed to provide regular, preventative eye care through the early detection of eye disease and conditions that have ocular effects, and the provision of treatment for acute and chronic eye disease and vision problems. Optometrists are also able to use a number of ocular drugs to assist in the detection and management of eye conditions.

Why choose this course?

QUT offers the only optometry training in Queensland. The optometry program includes a three-year Bachelor of Vision Science followed by a two-year Master of Optometry.

Our course is embedded with clinical experience and prepares you to treat patients from a variety of social and cultural groups, ages and conditions. You will work with a range of complex instruments and learn to use clinical judgement to treat patients.

At our on-campus optometry clinic you will practise clinical skills under the supervision of registered optometrists. You will treat patients and provide specialist services in ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, children’s vision, dry eye, glaucoma, and other eye diseases and chronic conditions with ocular effects, such as diabetes. This experience is extended with opportunities to participate in off-campus activities that focus on prevention and treatment within the wider community, and clinical placements in optometric practices, ophthalmology practices and other healthcare settings. You may also choose to travel and complete clinical training in rural and remote Australia, or overseas. In recent years our students have travelled to the UK, Mexico, India, Japan, Vanuatu, and Singapore.

You will receive individual attention from experienced lecturers and clinicians. All of our staff conduct vision research and our clinical supervisors are experienced optometrists. Our staff maintain relationships with the profession, and our guest lecturers are optometrists from private practice and other health disciplines such as the medical and pharmacy professions.

Career outcomes

Graduates may work in clinical practice in a range of optometric settings, or in teaching and research positions in Australia and internationally. Many graduates enter private practice with a view to future partnership or the establishment of their own practice. An increasing number of graduates are working alongside other health professionals in medical ophthalmology clinics.

Graduates of the dual award program (Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry) are employed in areas that include contact lens practice, paediatric vision, occupational/public health vision or low vision.

Students may choose not to complete the Master of Optometry, exiting with a three-year Bachelor of Vision Science, to pursue a research career (following completion of an honours year) or find employment in the ophthalmic industry.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry are accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand and you must complete both programs to be eligible for registration as an optometrist with the Optometry Board of Australia.

Student registration

QUT automatically registers students enrolled in this course with the Optometry Board of Australia in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Details about student registration are available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 1

Rank 99

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Physics
  • Maths B
  • English
  • Chemistry

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

 

2018: CSP $9,300 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Vision Science

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (425312) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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