Deakin University's Faculty of Health offers Australia's first accelerated optometry course. Offered as a combined course, the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Deakin's optometry program makes it possible for students to obtain a professional optometry qualification in just three-and-a-half years of full-time study.

In 2016, we will be launching a new entry scheme specifically targeting students from regional and remote areas of Australia.

What can I study?

Optometry at Deakin provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the practice of optometry, with strong foundations in science, inter-professional health practice, commercial awareness and practice management, so that graduates are well equipped for a variety of employment opportunities.

The course has an emphasis on patient-centred, problem-based learning approaches that enable you to develop the knowledge and practical skills to confidently practise as a professional optometrist.

The program is offered as a combined course:

Why study at Deakin?

Purpose-built facilities

Our purpose-built REACH facility is equipped with case-based-learning seminar rooms, a large state-of-the-art multi-purpose clinical skills laboratory, a fully fitted optometry practice for simulation, examination and research, and a 200-seat lecture theatre designed to enable team-based learning.

Industry-based learning

Clinical placements are an integral part of Deakin's optometry course. 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 degree 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.

Fast-tracked career entry

By taking advantage of Deakin's trimester system, Deakin optometry students are able to fast-track entry into this exciting profession by gaining a professional optometry qualification in just three-and-a-half years of full-time study, compared with up to seven years at other tertiary institutions.

Professional accreditation

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and as Medicare service providers.

Research and teaching excellence

You will learn from lecturers with specialist skills and extensive international experience in the optometry and eye care field. The course has been developed in collaboration with highly experienced academics who have contributed significantly to research and teaching of optometry.

Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

Deakin Optometry is committed to training work-ready optometrists to address the workforce shortage in eyecare in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. From 2016 onwards a 'Regional and Remote Entry Scheme' will be available to applicants who completed their Year 12 studies in a school located in any non-metro area of Australia or from within the City of Greater Geelong. The entry scheme has a separate VTAC code offering an alternative entry pathway into Deakin's Optometry program. The clearly in ATAR score for this entry stream is expected to be significantly lower than the 95.15 ATAR required for entry into the program in 2015. All students attending schools in metro areas are invited to apply via the standard entry scheme.More information about the Optometry regional and rural entry scheme

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of OptometryCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Career opportunities for graduates

Job opportunities are high and career outcomes are excellent, particularly in rural and regional areas. Deakin optometry graduates will be 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, associates in eye surgery practice, and recognised specialties within optometry such as low vision, paediatric vision and behavioural optometry.

Salaries for optometry graduates are among the highest in the country and typically range between $75,000 and $100,000 - with the highest salaries paid to optometrists willing to work in regions of workforce shortage. Optometrists with their own practice generally earn in excess of $100,000 per annum, with incomes often exceeding $150,000.

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