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Master of Optometry - 374JA

Course Code: 374JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Optometry
CRICOS Code: 094979G
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

 

The Master of Optometry is a two-year program. It will provide students with advanced knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes related to the optometry profession.

The course will incorporate the latest research and technology, as it will be developed by a group comprising academics, practitioners and representatives from international optometry companies and independents.

This course is accredited with the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) until April 2023.  Successful completion of both the Bachelor of Vision Science AND the Master of Optometry course at the University of Canberra will allow graduates the chance to apply for registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice as an optometrist.

 

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

The Master of Optometry (374JA) is only open to students who have completed the Bachelor of Vision Science (372JA) at the University of Canberra.

Applicants who are studying a Bachelor of Vision Science from another institution are encouraged to apply for admission into the Bachelor of Vision Science (372JA) at UC to become eligible for the Masters. These applicants are eligible to apply for consideration of credit towards a UC Bachelor of Vision Science (in accordance with UC's credit policy and procedure) to reduce the duration of this course.

Additional Admission Requirements

The clinical practice placements are an essential component of the program and are assessed. Students may be required to complete these clinical practice placements outside of teaching time. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, an Australian Federal Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 2
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 2
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 2
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2021

CSP/Domestic Tuition Fee (see below)

$39,000

The indicative CSP Student Contribution Amount for this course is $7,950
The domestic tuition fee rate for this course is $30,700

Important Notice: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this degree for 2021 are now limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for this degree, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020. The process for allocation of CSPs in 2022 and beyond will be published in April 2021.

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols.

Domestic students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. New applications will automatically be considered for a CSP, subject to the advertised admission deadline. CSPs are university places subsidised by the Australian Government. CSP students are still required to pay a discipline-based Student Contribution Amount (SCA). The indicative SCA amount above only applies to commencing students.

Government financial assistance is also available to eligible domestic students regardless of the type of place they hold. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

New course commencing 2020

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited with the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) until April 2023. Successful completion of both the Bachelor of Vision Science AND the Master of Optometry course at the University of Canberra will allow graduates the chance to apply for registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice as an optometrist.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Master of Optometry will:
1. Be able to demonstrate the requisite knowledge for independent practice and autonomous prescribing in ocular therapeutics
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
2. Be able to demonstrate the requisite skills for independent practice and autonomous prescribing in ocular therapeutics UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
3. Be able to demonstrate the professional attributes necessary for independent practice and autonomous prescribing in ocular therapeutics UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
4. Have the expertise and skills to critique, synthesise and apply evidence from research and science to inform optometric practice UC graduates are professional:
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the inter-professional nature of the health profession and its diverse cultural and social setting UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
Be self-aware.

Course Duration

Standard two years.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 YES YES

Offerings

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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