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Optometry is an important and rewarding career within the health industry. Optometrists support eye and vision care for a range of patients, from babies and children through to the elderly. They provide a variety of services including vision checks and tests, treating eye injuries, glasses and lens fitting, and monitoring of eye conditions.

If you’re interested in a career in Optometry, the University of Tasmania can help get you there. Our new Optometry pathway means you can study your first year in Tasmania, then complete the remainder of your degree at Flinders University in South Australia.

Course Information

With our Optometry Pathway Course, you will study one year on the Launceston campus at the University of Tasmania. This foundation year will cover the basics in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, physics, biochemistry and cell biology. You will then transfer to South Australia for a further four years of study, graduating with a Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry, from Flinders University.

During your study with Flinders University, you will undertake a range of placements within the industry. Most of these placements occur within private practice, and where possible your placements will be organised at facilities within Tasmania. This means you will be learning from the professionals who you will one day work alongside.

This double degree from Flinders University prepares you with the skills you will need to provide vital optometry services to the community. When you finish the degree, you will have the qualifications to become a registered optometrist. You can choose to begin your practice, or follow a pathway through to a career in research.

This course is delivered in partnership between the University of Tasmania and Flinders University.

Entry Requirements

If you’re interested in studying the Optometry Pathway Course, you will need to have an ATAR score of 95 or above. There are no prerequisites for this course, however we strongly recommend you have completed chemistry, mathematics and physics subjects.

In order to transfer to Flinders University as a guaranteed pathway, you will need to successfully complete all units in your first year of study, at a Credit average or above.

Note: Placement providers may have additional requirements to be met prior to completing clinical placement at their facility, for example immunisations and criminal history checks. You must successfully complete the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science) in order to enter the Master of Optometry. If you do not complete the Bachelor component of this degree, entry to the Masters program will not be granted.

How to apply

Applications are now open to study in 2020. To apply for the Optometry Pathway please visit Admissions.

If you have any questions about the application process, please get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please get in touch with us.

For your first year, you will study on the Launceston campus of the University of Tasmania. For the next four years, you will study with Flinders University in South Australia. During years 4 and 5 of study, you will also complete clinical placements at various locations Australia wide.

During your first year at the University of Tasmania, you will complete a foundation year to guarantee a pathway through to the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry. The units you will complete are:

  • KRA161 Chemistry for Life Sciences (12.5cpts)
  • CXA172/ CZZ101 Anatomy and Physiology 1(12.5cpts)
  • CXA103 Health: Determinants and Analysis(12.5cpts)
  • CXA115 Physics for Health Sciences (12.5cpts)
  • CXA184 Foundations of Health Literacy(12.5cpts)
  • CXA125 Introductory Biochemistry (12.5cpts)
  • CXA171 Cell Biology and Function (12.5cpts)
  • CNA156 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Well Being (6.25cpts)
  • CNA157 Responding to Diversity: Global Perspectives ( 6.25cpts)

You will then transfer to Flinders University, where you will complete years 2 and 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science). You will then go on to study years 4 and 5 of the Master of Optometry. A program of study is available from Flinders University.

The Optometry Pathway course begins on Monday 24 February for a Semester 1, 2020 start.

Due to the high level of interest and demand for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry with Flinders University, places in the Optometry Pathway program are strictly limited to 5 students per year.

You will complete 6 placements during this course, which will take place in your 4 th and 5 th year of study.

A key aim of the partnership between the University of Tasmania and Flinders University is to develop the workforce and employment opportunities within Tasmania – so wherever possible we will try to place you at practices within Tasmania. Your placements will be organised by Flinders University, who currently have over 150 optometry placement providers across Australia (including partners in Tasmania).

The course has been developed with reference to the competency standards and requirements for optometry as published by the Optometry Board of Australia and the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. Further information about professional recognition and registration is available from Flinders University.

A range of student accommodation options are available at the University of Tasmania for students relocating to Launceston for the first year of study.

After your first year of study, you will relocate to South Australia and a range of student accommodation options are available with Flinders University.

Flinders Vision is Flinders University’s on campus optometry clinic. This is a first-class facility used to train and educate future optometrists, it is also a general optometry clinic available to everyone in the community. During your 4 th and 5 th years of study, you will complete some clinical placement requirements at the on-site practice.

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