Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

Deakin University
3.5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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About this program

The Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry is a specialised combined degree that lets you graduate with a professional qualification in optometry in just three and a half years. You will gain the discipline-specific knowledge and skills to be work-ready and practise as an optometrist in Australia and New Zealand, as well as learn about the broader effects that visual health has on society.

Do you want to graduate job ready as a qualified optometrist?

Deakin offers Australia’s first accelerated optometry course, which means you can graduate and begin your career sooner. Our optometry program will give you a comprehensive understanding of the practice of optometry, with strong foundations in science, inter-professional health practice, commercial awareness and practice management.

You will investigate the structure and function of the visual system while learning about various visual health issues and their wider impact on the local and international community. Gain crucial skills in the clinical assessment, treatment and management of eye and vision disorders, as well as forming a strong understanding of the ethical, legal and professional standards of practice.

Clinical placements are a big focus of this program. You will take part in a variety of short-term industry placements from your first year, and spend the final six months of the course as a student resident in one of a range of clinical optometric and medical settings.

These extensive rotations take place in both metropolitan and regional or rural settings, where you'll consolidate your knowledge and skills under the supervision of qualified optometrists.

As well as equipping you to diagnose and manage ocular conditions, this unique combined degree has a strong emphasis on the underlying social and environmental factors that contribute to the health gap between regional communities and urban populations, ensuring you graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the field of optometry.

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