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Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

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Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No

3.5 years accelerated full time program delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1

Deakin course codeD302

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.


Work-Integrated Learning

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 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 regional and/or rural settings

Clinical rotations may also include time in outer metropolitan, regional and/or rural settings.

Professional recognition

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.

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).

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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:

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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 2014, 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 2014 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.

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Course rules

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. Students must pass all first year units, or be granted credit for prior learning for these units, before proceeding to second year.

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Course structure

Year 1

Trimester 1

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HMO101 Principles of Optics  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  (0 cp)


Trimester 2

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HMO102 Science of Vision 1  

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  


SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  (if Chemistry not completed in Year 12)


SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  (if Chemistry completed in Year 12)


Trimester 3

HMO201 Science of Vision 2  

MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making  

MMM132 Management  

SLE221 Anatomy and Physiology  


Year 2 

Trimester 1

HMO203 Health and Vision Sciences 1  

HMO204 Principles and Practice of Optometry 1  


Trimester 2

HMO303 Health and Vision Sciences 2  

HMO304 Principles and Practice of Optometry 2  


Trimester 3

HMO305 Health and Vision Sciences 3  

HMO306 Principles and Practice of Optometry 3  


Year 3

Trimester 1

HMO701 Advanced Optometric Studies 1  


Trimester 2

HMO702 Advanced Optometric Studies 2  


Trimester 3

HMO703 Community Optometry 1  


Year 4


Trimester 1

HMO704 Community Optometry 2  


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