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Overview

  • 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 code 425312
QUT course code OP45
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
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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

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

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    We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

    Subject prerequisites

    • Physics
    • Maths B
    • Chemistry

    You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies. Note: Strict quota apply for entry to this course. Further information is available from QUT Admissions.

    I completed secondary school in Australia

    Guide to entry cut-offs

    These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

    OP 1
    Rank 99

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Speaking 6.5
    Writing 6.5
    Reading 6.5
    Listening 6.5
    Overall 7.0

    Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

    We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    Course fees

    Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. 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: $33,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    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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