Optometry

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.


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.


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

Career opportunities for graduates

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