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Doctor of Optometry

    • CRICOS Code: 072811B

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    Overview

      Applications for 2021 are currently being accepted.
    • Guaranteed Entry Applications close - Guaranteed Entry applications for 2020 closed on 31 May 2019.
    • Graduate Access Melbourne Applications close - Graduate Access Melbourne applications for 2020 closed on 31 July 2019.
    • Applications close - Applications for 2020 entry closed on 31 July 2019.

    Local applicants are those with Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Permanent Residency or a humanitarian visa. These applicants should apply via GEMSAS.

    Guaranteed Entry

    Current University of Melbourne students

    Please refer to the Explore your graduate study options page on the Students website for all the information about guaranteed entry pathways for the Doctor of Optometry. If you want to apply for guaranteed entry, as a local student you simply have to tick the box on the GEMSAS online application. NB: Only University of Melbourne students can apply for guaranteed entry into graduate degrees.

    Applications are now open to all applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree in 2018 or due to complete their undergraduate degree in 2019.

    Chancellor's Scholars 
    All Chancellor’s Scholars (who entered their undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne with an ATAR of 99.90 or above), Guaranteed CSP (with an ATAR of 98.00-99.85) and Guaranteed Full Fee students (with an ATAR of 96.00+)  who would like to be considered for the Doctor of Optometry 2020 intake must apply via our future student website by Friday 31 May 2019 in order to be considered for a guaranteed place:

    https://prod.ss.unimelb.edu.au/student/SM/eApplications/eAppLogin.aspx?r=&f=%23UM.EAP.CI2LOGIN.WEB

    All students who commence their undergraduate degree at Melbourne after the 2016 intake will be required to pass on the first attempt any course prerequisite subjects taken at the University of Melbourne.

    Guaranteed Entry Scheme Eligibility

    Please view the eligibility criteria for these pathways to determine if you are eligible via the following Guaranteed Entry Scheme webpage:https://students.unimelb.edu.au/future/graduate-study-for-current-students/guaranteed-entry

    Please be sure to check the specific course ATAR, weighted average mark (WAM), prerequisite subjects and multi-mini interview (for Doctor of Medicine) requirements via the following webpage:https://students.unimelb.edu.au/future/graduate-study-for-current-students/explore-graduate-study-options

    If you are not eligible for the Guaranteed Entry Scheme, do not apply through the above future student website. You must apply directly through GEMSAS by the application deadline. Please note, your Guaranteed Entry application will not be considered if you have not met the eligibility criteria for the Guaranteed Entry Scheme.

    If you have any questions about Guaranteed Entry Scheme, please email md-dds-dpt@unimelb.edu.au. Please quote your Student ID number, full name in any correspondence with us.

    Graduate Access Melbourne

    If your personal circumstances have had a sustained adverse effect on your academic achievement at undergraduate level or you are member of a specified group known to be under-represented in higher education, you may be eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM). For more information please visit the Graduate Access Melbourne webpage.

    Completed GAM forms are to be submitted directly to the University of Melbourne, by the closing date (see above).

    The form stack link for Graduate Access Melbourne application can be accessed here.

    More Information

    Within the course, students will attend placements at clinical sites both within Melbourne, rural Victoria, interstate and overseas. Students are expected to bear the costs involved in these placements.

    Students are required to conform to prescribed dress and conduct requirements when assigned to all clinical duties with patients.

    Students will be required to attend and participate in the OD student conference. The student conference will be delivered in a traditional conference format over 2-3 days in the Semester 2 mid-semester break.

    *Doctor of Optometry students will be required to have a current CPR certificate prior to entering clinic in third year.

    If I am applying through the University's guaranteed entry scheme, do I need to sit the GAMSAT?

    No, you do not. However, if you are not confident of maintaining the required GPA in your final year – we recommend you sit the GAMSAT (or equivalent) to ensure you can still apply.

    Information about Guaranteed Entry Pathways into Doctor of Optometry

    After completing the Doctor of Optometry, can I practise as a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist in Australia?

    You can apply for accreditation from the Optometry Board of Australia. Graduates from the Doctor of Optometry are also eligible for accreditation in many other countries around the world.
    Note: the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires that all Optometry graduates demonstrate English language skills at IELTS 7 or equivalent before being considered for professional registration by the Optometry Board of Australia. You will need to have valid test results from IELTS (Academic) examinations prior to applying for registration.

    If I want to practise as an optometrist in Canada after completing the Doctor of Optometry (OD) at the University of Melbourne, what do I need to do for registration?

    According to The Canadian Association of Optometrists website - "Becoming a Doctor of Optometry", International graduates are considered to be those individuals who have obtained their optometric education from a school other than those accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

    International graduates may be eligible to obtain a license or certificate of registration to practise in a province or territory in Canada. International graduates are encouraged to contact the optometric regulator in the province or territory in which they are interested to determine if they are eligible for a license or certificate of registration to practise in that jurisdiction. International graduates may be referred by an optometric regulator to the Director of the International Optometric Bridging Program of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario for an evaluation of their educational and professional credentials and an opinion on their equivalency to those required in a particular jurisdiction.

    What is the University of Waterloo International Optometric Bridging Program?

    The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with the College of Optometrists of Ontario, offers the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP). Designed to provide optometrists educated outside Canada and the United States with a structured orientation to Canadian standards of optometric practice, the program provides all qualified applicants with the critical language, academic and clinical skills necessary for registration in all provinces of Canada.

    There are two programs, depending on students backgrounds:

    • Bridging One, a four month academic program
    • Bridging Two, a year-long structured academic program
    Can I defer my place in the course?

    No. You should apply for the year you would like to begin study. If you decline your offer you are welcome to apply again the following year but as the pool of applicants changes from year to year there is no guarantee you will be offered a place again.

    Additional Costs:

    Please note that the purchase of some equipment will be necessary for various compulsory subjects within this course. Students will continue to use the equipment during the remainder of the course and after graduation.

    All students undertaking a placement in a hospital, clinic or other health or community environment are required to satisfy a number of requirements, including:

    • Undergoing a recent National Police Record Check
    • Holding a valid Working with Children Check for the relevant state/territory, and
    • Being satisfactorily protected against infectious disease transmission.

    Please refer to the Student Placements webpage for detailed information regarding compliance requirements.

    Please note that the purchase of some equipment will be necessary for various compulsory subjects within this course. Students will continue to use the equipment during the remainder of the course and after graduation.

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