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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Melbourne Doctor of Optometry admissions timeline

Are you interested in the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne? Then you should note these important admissions timelines:

Early Round Applications

Applicants with a completed degree and GAMSAT/MCAT are eligible to apply in the Early Round.

Applications close: July 31, 2013

Outcomes: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by August 28, 2013. Applicants not successful in the Early Round will automatically be considered with the Timely Applications.

Timely Applications

This is the primary application round and is open to all applicants who have GAMSAT/MCAT and who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree.

Applications close: September 29, 2013

Outcomes: There are three outcome rounds.

  • Round 1: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by October 31, 2013.
    Applicants who do not receive an offer may be placed on a waiting list and will be automatically considered in Round 2 if required.
  • Round 2: If a second round is required, applicants will be notified of the outcome by January 10, 2014.
    Applicants who do not receive an offer may be placed on a waiting list and will be automatically considered in Round 3 if required.
  • Round 3: Depending on acceptance rates, there may be a very late round. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 22, 2014.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects

Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes

  • one university second-year or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second-year or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. OAT results are valid for two years.

3. Submit a personal statement
Applicants must provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) in support of the application explaining your motivation to study optometry. The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences would conduct interviews with Canadian applicants via Skype or teleconference.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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For more information about how to become an optometrist, including optometry optometry program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to optometry school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools page.

If you have any questions about studying optometry, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about optometry programs at Australian universities.

 

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Melbourne Optometry School applications are open

Got your eye on optometry? Well, we’ve got great news! The University of Melbourne Optometry Schools applications are open for the 2014 intake via OzTREKK!

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) at the University of Melbourne is a 4-year full-time master’s level program that offers intensive training in the clinical discipline of optometry. The course covers the basic and applied vision sciences that underpin optometry, and delivers a comprehensive clinical training that commences in the first year of the study. During the course, students will have the opportunity to undertake a research project, in an area relevant to the discipline, and will be given the opportunity to undertake clinical training at an overseas site as part of their final year of study.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA

Entry Requirements:

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects

Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes

  • one university second-year or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second-year or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. OAT results are valid for two years.

3. Submit a personal statement
Applicants must provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) in support of the application explaining your motivation to study optometry. The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences would conduct interviews with Canadian applicants via Skype or teleconference.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

Learn what an OzTREKK student thinks of the optometry program at University of Melbourne:

University of Melbourne Optometry School student discovers passion for helping others in Doctor of Optometry program.”

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Find out more about the Melbourne Optometry School.

For more information about how to become an optometrist, including optometry optometry program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to optometry school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools page.

If you have any questions about studying optometry, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about optometry programs at Australian universities.

 

Friday, February 1st, 2013

What is the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)?

If you’re considering applying to optometry school, then you have heard of the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). OzTREKK has gathered a little bit of background information about the OAT from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website in order to help prepare pre-optometry students.

OzTREKK is an official Canadian representative of the University of Melbourne. The University of Melbourne offers the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program, a master’s-level professional-entry degree that creates a new benchmark in 21st century optometric education. It is an internationally recognized qualification and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. As part of the entry requirement into the University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry, applicants must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).

What is the OAT?

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is sponsored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for applicants seeking admission to an optometry program. The University of Melbourne‘s Doctor of Optometry program requires the OAT.

What subjects does the OAT cover?

The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics and Quantitative Reasoning.

Do you need to study for the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)?

Yes, you should definitely study for the OAT, as it will affect your chances of being admitted to the Doctor of Optometry program. When you are preparing to take the OAT, OzTREKK recommends the following:

  • Look for test preparation materials and a sample test. Check out the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website. They also have an OAT User Guide and helpful tips.
  • Study guides are usually available and through book suppliers. Search for “optometry admission test sample” or “optometry admission test preparation””.
  • Do an online search for “optometry admission test”. YouTube has many videos about the OAT.

When should you take the OAT?

At least one year of university education, which should include courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, is required prior to taking the OAT. Most students, however, elect to complete two or more years of university prior to taking the exam. If you plan to apply to the February 2014 intake of the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne, you should consider writing the OAT as soon as you feel you are ready so that if your results are not as you expected, you have time to rewrite the exam.

When is the OAT examination administered?

The OAT exam is computerized and examinees are allowed to take the OAT an unlimited number of times; however, you must wait at least 90 days between testing dates. Only scores from the four most recent attempts and the total number of attempts will be reported.

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About the University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

If you have questions about the University of Melbourne‘s Doctor of Optometry program or the OAT, please contact OzTREKK for more information and for helpful tips about how to apply.