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University of Melbourne Optometry School

Program Overview - Doctor of Optometry (OD)

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University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4 million
Student Population: 47,000
Campus Location: Parkville (downtown Melbourne)
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: late February/early March each year
Next Intake: February 2018
Est. Annual Tuition: $48,128 AUD (2018)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $207,438 AUD (2018)

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In 2011, the University of Melbourne Optometry School commenced its first intake of the Doctor of Optometry program. The Doctor of Optometry replaced the University of Melbourne's previous optometry degree, the Bachelor of Optometry, for training optometrists.

The Doctor of Optometry is the pathway to an exciting and rewarding career in optometry.

The Melbourne optometry program is a master's-level professional-entry degree that creates a new benchmark in 21st century optometric education. As an internationally recognised qualification with full accreditation from the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), the OD program is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Clinical studies commence in first year and gradually increase to full time in the final year. This four-year degree consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements. A research project, with clinical relevance, is conducted as a required component of the degree.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry graduates combines depth and breadth of optometric practice knowledge. Melbourne OD students will

  • participate in a rigorous graduate-level learning experience, which fosters the development of sophisticated clinical skills and a respect for the value of evidence-based practice;
  • be trained to work in an ever-changing and complex environment, which utilize leadership and clinical skills; and
  • be eligible to register to practice as a therapeutically endorsed optometrist in Australia, and to register to practice in several overseas countries.

Students entering the Melbourne OD must have previously completed an undergraduate degree, allowing the teaching in the program to be delivered at a sophisticated level and allow for the development of more advanced clinical skills.

Early clinical experience will be a feature of the Melbourne program. Later years will focus on developing advanced clinical skills with a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice. Broad clinical experience will be achieved by providing an unparalleled range of rural and metropolitan placements and international externship opportunities.


Unique Features of the Program

The University's Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is the first in Australia to offer an optometry program that encompasses therapeutic management of ocular diseases, which results in the degree

  • becoming the broadest in Australia, Europe and the U.K.;
  • being in line with degrees in the United States; and
  • reflecting amendments to the Australian legal framework for optometrists.

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is the only one in Australia that has an on-site clinic, the University of Melbourne EyeCare Clinic. With more than 35,000 patients visiting each year, this provides students with the opportunity to be presented with a broad range of clinical cases during their professional training.

In recent years, there has been a 100% placement rate for Melbourne optometry graduates, with starting salaries ranging from $60,000 to $120,000, depending on the graduate's work experience.


Why Canadians Like the Program

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne is one of the world's leading schools of optometry. It enjoys a fine reputation for its teaching and research. The department has a large clinic, providing excellent practical experience along with personal tuition for its students. The Victorian College of Optometry cooperates with the university in the training of optometry students and the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is located within the premises of the college. The National Vision Research Institute and the Clinical Vision Research Australia are affiliated with the college and access its facilities.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Melbourne Doctor of Optometry will qualify graduates to practise as a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist in Australia, and to register to practice in several overseas countries.

You must obtain a licence or certificate of registration to practice in a province or territory of Canada. Part of the requirements set by provincial and territorial regulators is passing the Canadian Standard Assessment in Optometry (CSAO). Internationally trained optometrists are eligible to take the CSAO if they enrolled in or have successfully completed the International Optometric Bridging Program of the University of Waterloo or a bridging program specified by l'Ordre des Optometristes du Quebec.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The Doctor of Optometry 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- or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second- 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 the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). There is no minimum OAT score. OAT test result is valid for two years.


Total Number of Places in the Program: approximately 64

Number of Places Available for International Students: variable

Application Deadline: October 27, 2017

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Heather Brown

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