Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This four-year graduate program is the international standard for entry into optometric practice. It has an integrated curriculum that offers significantly more clinical experience than other optometry degrees. The clinical component commences in first year and gradually increases to full-time in the final fourth year. Clinical related research is conducted as a required component of the degree.
Students seeking a career in optometry
The course begins with an integrated biological and biophysics program. Early clinical experience is a feature. The later years consolidate bioscience knowledge to promote advanced clinical skills with a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice. Broad clinical experience is achieved by a range of rural and metropolitan placements and international externship opportunities.
Standard entry requirements
- Undergraduate degree or equivalent
- Three additional subjects at second or third-year level (or equivalent) in one or more relevant biological science disciplines
- Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Optometry Admission Test (OAT) no more than two years before the date of commencement of the Doctor of Optometry
- Applicants with relevant prior study or professional practice may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 200 credit points of study towards the Doctor of Optometry.
Optometry Board of Australia
The University of Melbourne Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Biomedicine are pathways to this graduate program. School leavers applying for either of these degrees can secure a place in the Doctor of Optometry at the same time through the Graduate Degree Packages program, subject to meeting entry requirements.
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Most graduates initially choose to work in an established practice, and many will go on to own and operate their own practice(s). Graduates who choose to pursue a research higher degree in an area of clinical optometry or the vision sciences may go on to a career in academia, training the next generation of optometrists and research scientists. Others take up roles in industry contributing to the research and development of therapies, visual aids or diagnostic instruments to support optometry practice.