Bachelor of Vision Science

University of Canberra

This course will develop students' foundation knowledge and skills in the biomedical sciences with a specific focus on optical and vision sciences. Students will also broaden their skills in business and management related areas should they choose to explore private practice. The course provides students with the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental sciences underpinning health, optical and vision sciences; perform common optical and visual diagnostic assessments; demonstrate a strong understanding of the dysfunctions and diseases of the eye; demonstrate an awareness of the inter-disciplinary nature of health practitioners and health professions; and demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual human rights and cultural and social diversity.

Course Fee:

International: $102,000

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. English Language Requirements: An overall Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0.


72 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Subjects include: Systemic Anatomy and Physiology; Indigenous Health: Contemporary Issues, Professional Practice in Health; Evidence Based Medicine; Small Business Management; Ocular Anatomy and Physiology; Ophthalmic Optics; Assessment of Vision; Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology; Functional and Developmental Disorders of Vision; Diseases of the Eye; Pharmacology for Health Professionals; Integrated Eye Care and Ocular Therapeutics; Assessment of Ocular Health; Ocular Pharmacology; Clinical Optics and Dispensing; Professional Practice in Optometry; Introduction to Management; Understanding People and Behaviour; Professional Orientation (Health).

Further information:

Clinical practice is a key component of the program and is assessed. Students may be required to complete this component outside of teaching time. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo a 'Working with Vulnerable People' check, an Australian Federal Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW.


This course provides a pathway for students to enter the Master of Optometry. Successful completion of both the Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry will allow students to apply for registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice as an optometrist in Australia.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Optometrist, Orthoptist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra 72.9 No Full time 2.5 years
The University of Canberra is located in Australia's national capital. The University provides professionally based undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. They engage in applied research to support government, business and the professions regionally, nationally and internationally.

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