Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry
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|Year||2015 course information|
Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
3.5 years accelerated full time program delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$9,043* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|Deakin course code||D302|
Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
The combined course of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry aims to produce graduates who have the attributes, discipline-specific knowledge, professional behaviours and standards required to practise as an optometrist within Australia and New Zealand.
Throughout this course you will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the visual system; optometric clinical assessment and management approaches; ethical, legal and professional standards of practice; and acquire high level inter-personal and inter-professional communication, relationship management and commercial awareness skills. You will acquire life-long independent learning skills and a commitment to both patient-centred care and evidence-based practice that will enable you to practise as a professional in this field. The course equips graduates with transferable academic skills that enable them to conduct research, undertake self-guided learning. It also provides graduates with an understanding of visual health issues and their impact, particularly on communities in regional and rural Australia as well as globally, emphasising how underlying social and environmental factors contribute to the health gap between these communities and well-served urban population centres.
Clinical placements are an integral part of Deakin’s optometry program. You will undertake a variety of short-term industry placements during the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and spend the final six months of the course as a ‘student resident’ in one of a range of clinical optometric and medical settings. These extensive clinical rotations will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills in supported environments under the supervision of qualified optometrists. These clinical rotations may include time in our metropolitan, regional or rural settings
Students who successfully complete D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry can apply for registration to practise as an optometrist in Australia. Deakin Optometry has been awarded ‘accreditation with conditions’ by the Optometry Board of Australia, following assessment by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). Graduates of D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Optometry will therefore be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and to Medicare as service providers, making them able to pursue employment opportunities throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Note: This course is currently accredited (with conditions) as at the date of publishing.
Students may elect to exit the combined program and complete the Bachelor of Vision Science requirements only (Graduates of the Bachelor of Vision Science will not qualify to practise as an optometrist).
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners who are involved in assessing the health and function of the eyes and visual system and the diagnosis and management of a wide range of ocular conditions, Optometrists work in a variety of health care settings, with the great majority working in a private practice environment – which itself can be very diverse. On a given day, an Australian optometrist may perform a primary visual assessment, manage a newly identified eye disease, prescribe a prescription medicine, or prescribe, fit and dispense optical aids. At the same time, many optometrists are business owners and retailers.
Some optometrists use their qualification to engage in other employment opportunities, such as research, other para-medical practice and work within vision-related non-government organisations.
Following successful completion of the Deakin Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Deakin graduates are well prepared for employment in a diverse range of work settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, health services, state and local governments, non-government organisations, research institutes, tertiary education institutions, private practice, and corporate and community settings. Career and employment opportunities for qualified optometrists include private and public eye care, practice ownership, research and teaching, other ophthalmic practices, and recognised specialties within optometry such as low vision, paediatric vision, and behavioural optometry.
The Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry is an accelerated three and a half year, 40 credit point course delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1. All the units in the course are prescribed. The course rules are listed at BVisSci/MOptom Course Rules. Students must pass all first year units, or be granted credit for prior learning for these units, before proceeding to second year.
|HBS108||Health Information and Data|
|HMO101||Principles of Optics|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 cp)|
|HMO102||Science of Vision 1|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences (if Chemistry completed in Year 12)|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World (if Chemistry not completed in Year 12)|
|HMO105||The Business of Optometry|
|HMO201||Science of Vision 2|
|MAA103||Accounting for Decision Making|
|HMO203||Health and Vision Sciences 1|
|HMO204||Principles and Practice of Optometry 1|
|HMO303||Health and Vision Sciences 2|
|HMO304||Principles and Practice of Optometry 2|
|HMO305||Health and Vision Sciences 3|
|HMO306||Principles and Practice of Optometry 3|
|HMO701||Advanced Optometric Studies 1|
|HMO702||Advanced Optometric Studies 2|
|HMO703||Community Optometry 1|
|HMO704||Community Optometry 2|
Requirements for Clinical Placements and Registration
All students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of clinical placements will not be able to undertake any placements.*
Several clinical placement agencies require that students are vaccinated / blood tested before undertaking clinical placement and / or graduate employment. Deakin University Medical Centres provides detailed advice, blood testing and administer all necessary vaccinations prior to commencement of clinical placements and/or employment.
* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
For students commencing in 2015 onwards, more information will be available in the 2015 online VTAC Guide.
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are listed in the document, BVisSci and MOptom Inherent Requirements (pdf 103k).
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications for on and off campus study for Trimester 1 2015 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.