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|Award granted||Bachelor of Vision Science|
|Campus||Offered at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus|
Two year accelerated full time program delivered over six consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2013||$8,590* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|VTAC Codes||15541 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Deakin course code||H310|
Note: Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2013 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2013 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.
The Bachelor of Vision Science aims to produce graduates with comprehensive knowledge of the biological and physical basis of the visual system and with an understanding of the underlying principles of optometry as they apply to the management of common optometric conditions. It will equip graduates with transferable academic skills that enable them to conduct research and self-guided learning at the Bachelor level and provide graduates with an understanding of visual health issues, specifically impacting on communities in regional and rural Australia and globally, as well as the underlying social and environmental factors contributing to the health gap between these communities and well-served urban population centres. Graduates will gain an understanding of the optometric profession and how optometrists operate within the greater health-care system.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Vision Science will not qualify to practise as an optometrist. To qualify to register to practise as an optometrist in Australia, students must also complete H710 Master of Optometry.
The Bachelor of Vision Science is an accelerated two year, 24 credit point course delivered over six consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1. All the units in the course are prescribed. This course articulates with H710 Master of Optometry.
|HBS108||Health Information and Data|
|HMO101||Principles of Optics|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|HMO102||Science of Vision 1|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences *|
|SLE211||Principles of Physiology|
|HMO201||Science of Vision 2|
|MAA103||Accounting for Decision Making|
|SLE221||Anatomy and Physiology|
|HMO203||Health and Vision Sciences 1 (2cp)|
|HMO204||Principles and Practice of Optometry 1 (2cp)|
|HMO303||Health and Vision Sciences 2 (2cp)|
|HMO304||Principles and Practice of Optometry 2 (2cp)|
|HMO305||Health and Vision Sciences 3 (2cp)|
|HMO306||Principles and Practice of Optometry 3 (2cp)|
*Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may be encouraged to replace SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences with SLE133 Chemistry in Our World.
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, 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.
Students will be asked to undergo serological testing prior to enrolment. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.
* 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/5.departmental-policies-and-procedures/5.6-police-records-check-policy
For more information refer to the online VTAC Guide.
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.