Orthoptics

Why study Orthoptics?

Orthoptists are allied health practitioners who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Our orthoptics degree will enable you to begin a rewarding career in a specialist eye care setting. You will develop the knowledge and skills to advance treatment for children and adults with vision problems.

Career opportunities

There is a strong demand for orthoptists in Australia and overseas and our graduates are recognised internationally. You may expect to work in specialist eye clinics, public hospitals with ophthalmic surgeons, rehabilitation centres, low vision agencies, and eye and vision research centres.

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2017
About this course
This degree gives you the knowledge you need to detect, diagnose and treat vision and eye problems in both children and adults.

Your first year will cover the fundamentals of applied science. You'll then go on to study the components of the eye, learn about conditions like cataracts and infection, and build knowledge of the different forms of rehabilitation available to patients.

Along with this fundamental knowledge, you'll develop an understanding of neuroscience, pathology and pharmacology in your applied science studies.

In the last 18 months of your course, you'll participate in four clinical placements, one of which you must complete outside of the metropolitan Melbourne area. You'll undertake placements in hospitals with dedicated ophthalmology programs such as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital or with one of the Orthoptic Clinical School Network's private or public practices around Melbourne. You can also complete placements outside Melbourne with one of our partner clinics in regional Australia or overseas in places like Auckland, London, New York, Dubai and Singapore. These placements will test your classroom knowledge in a practical environment, demonstrating your ability to detect eye conditions and administer treatments to a range of patients.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
This degree is nationally accredited, allowing graduates to register with the Australian Orthoptic Board and become members of Orthoptics Australia. With this accreditation you can go on to become an independent practitioner working in public hospitals, private practice, or in specialist clinics working alongside ophthalmic surgeons.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible to become members of Orthoptics Australia and work throughout Australia and overseas.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Current Year 12 applicants with work experience must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.


Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Fee amount
CSP contribution band 2
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students are strongly advised to purchase an ophthalmoscope or retinoscope set at the start of third year and should allow approximately $600. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/OrthopticsMelbourne

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics (083317C/ 062808B)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 470
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This degree gives you the knowledge you need to detect, diagnose and treat vision and eye problems in both children and adults.

Your first year will cover the fundamentals of applied science. You'll then go on to study the components of the eye, learn about conditions like cataracts and infection, and build knowledge of the different forms of rehabilitation available to patients.

Along with this fundamental knowledge, you'll develop an understanding of neuroscience, pathology and pharmacology in your applied science studies.

In the last 18 months of your course, you'll participate in four clinical placements, one of which you must complete outside of the metropolitan Melbourne area. You'll undertake placements in hospitals with dedicated ophthalmology programs such as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital or with one of the Orthoptic Clinical School Network's private or public practices around Melbourne. You can also complete placements outside Melbourne with one of our partner clinics in regional Australia or overseas in places like Auckland, London, New York, Dubai and Singapore. These placements will test your classroom knowledge in a practical environment, demonstrating your ability to detect eye conditions and administer treatments to a range of patients.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80 and minimum A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 88.2
International Baccalaureate - 28
GCE A Levels - 10
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAB
STPM - 10.33
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 75
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.5
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website


If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students are strongly advised to purchase an ophthalmoscope or retinoscope set at the start of third year and should allow approximately $600. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Accelerated study program
Professional recognition
The course is recognised by the Australian Orthoptic Board and graduates can join Orthoptics Australia and work throughout Australia and overseas. However, some countries require additional registration requirements to enable an orthoptist to practice.
Career opportunities
Orthoptists can find employment in a variety of settings, including hospital outpatient clinics, private practice, teaching and research areas, and visual rehabilitation centres.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/OrthopticsMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Orthoptics placements

Clinical placements help you to put your theoretical learning into clinical practice and develop the skills to work as an independent practitioner. Clinical education and professional practice is done in the last 18 months of your course largely within the Orthoptics Clinical School Network. The Orthoptics Clinical School Network consists of health services operating ophthalmology and orthoptic clinical programs. These include private ophthalmology clinics in metropolitan Melbourne as well as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Royal Children's Hospital, Northern Health, Alfred Hospital, Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. We also have strong networks with clinical placement providers in regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. Students, for iinstance, have done placements in Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Rockhampton and Townsville.

You must undertake at least one placement outside of metropolitan Melbourne in the final year. Placements happen throughout the year and are not limited to standard semester weeks. You will be required to wear a standard uniform whilst on professional placement.

Alternative pathways

Master of Orthoptics (graduate entry)

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

We do not have partner institutions for study exchange, but we have developed strong networks with clinical placement providers overseas. You are encouraged to travel to broaden your clinical experience and improve your employment prospects. Students have done placements in Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, UK and USA.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Orthoptics.