There are 5 schools of optometry in Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an optometrist. For most programs the successful completion of a Bachelor of Vision Science is required to gain entry into the Master of Optometry.
The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2018:
Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years as it changes from year to year depending on the applications each university receives. There are also changes from year to year on whether UMAT or an interview is required. For entry in 2018, UMAT was not a requirement for any undergraduate optometry course.
At the time of publishing this article, the University of Canberra’s 5 year Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry was not yet accredited, and so has not been included.
The University of New South Wales does not have pre-requisite subjects but do have a policy of “assumed knowledge” equivalent to 4 semesters at high school of Physics, Maths B, English (Advanced) and Chemistry.
At Deakin University students may be able to transfer into their optometry course from another Deakin Bachelor’s degree. They may also gain entry following a Certificate IV in a related discipline, a diploma in any discipline, or other evidence of academic capability including relevant work or life experience. Please check with Deakin University regarding this pathway.
Please check with QUT regarding alternative entry pathways, as they sometimes allow students with partial or complete undergraduate degrees (and above) entry into their optometry course. QUT do not have pre-requisite subjects but do have a policy of “assumed knowledge” equivalent to 4 semesters at high school of Physics, Maths B, English and Chemistry.
Flinders University does allow some students to transfer into optometry from other university degrees. Please check with Flinders University regarding this pathway. Flinders University also has a sub-quota of up to 15 places for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practise in rural and remote regions across Australia. They also have up to 5 places for Indigenous students.
The University of Melbourne has a Chancellor’s Scholars Program for applicants who achieve an ATAR of 99.90 or better, or at least 90.00 for Indigenous students. They also have a guaranteed entry pathway into graduate degrees which applies to optometry for some students. Entry to the 4 year Doctor of Optometry is following a 3 year undergraduate degree which meets the university’s pre-requisite requirements.
There is also a formal postgraduate pathway that is available at the University of Melbourne. They require an undergraduate degree with specific pre-requisite subjects and list courses which meet these requirements on their website. The Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne meets their requirements too. You will also require a GAMSAT score and show that you can meet certain English language requirements for admission to the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne.
The information presented in this article was correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for an up to date list of approved programs of study to become an optometrist in Australia: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx?ref=Optometrist. Please note that this AHPRA list also includes 1-year graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics courses, which are for qualified optometrists to become endorsed to prescribe eye drops to manage eye diseases. This therapeutic endorsement is now a component of all of the 5 optometry courses in Australia.
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you. Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a postgraduate course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of Optometry Australia, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.
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