Welcome to Deakin Optometry
Professor Harrison S. Weisinger
Welcome to Optometry!
Delivered from the School of Medicine, the Deakin Optometry program is the Nation’s first accelerated combined-degree optometry qualification.
This brand new course offering makes use of the Deakin’s trimester sequence so that the Bachelor of Vision Science, Master of Optometry can be completed in a minimum of three-and-a-third years by high school-leavers or in just two-and-a-third years by those with credit for prior learning. The course will operate out of the purpose-built, state-of-the-art $53M Regional and Community Health Hub (REACH) building, adjacent to the Medical School at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.
Deakin Optometry is well on track for accreditation by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. Graduates will automatically be able to register to practise through the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority. In turn, Deakin optometry graduates will be able to attract Medicare benefits and work anywhere in Australia, as well as New Zealand.
As you'll discover on this site, the Deakin Optometry course is unique in several ways - my favourites are the emphasis on case- and team-based learning, an enormous, fully equipped clinical skills facility, partnerships with industry and a curriculum that delivers excellence across clinical, commercial and professional domains in optometry. Perhaps above all of this, however, Deakin Optometry graduates will have one considerable advantage over those from other institutions - time. The configuration of the course means that our students will save as much as three-and-two-thirds years in university, which translates to an enormous amount of earnings, in addition to allowing ‘breathing space’ to consider options such as, for example, scientific research or further studies.
While we have endeavoured to pack as much information as possible into this site, you will probably still have questions. So please feel free to contact us to request more information.