Orthoptics

Why study Orthoptics?

There is a growing scope for practice and specialisation in the orthoptics profession. Our postgraduate courses include a graduate-entry Master of Orthoptics and diplomas in health research methodology, orthoptic studies, and orientation and mobility. Develop the skills and knowledge to enhance your practice and broaden your employment options.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

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

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2018

Master of Orthoptics
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Orthoptists are eyecare professionals who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye disorders.

The curriculum is centred on enquiry-based learning. Theory and knowledge of eye disease is integrated with orthoptic skills for competent investigation, diagnosis and management of patients. You will attend clinical placements within the Eye and Ear Hospital clinical school network and other clinical settings where you will learn to further develop and refine your clinical skills and patient management strategies. These clinical settings include private ophthalmology clinics in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Royal Childrens Hospital, Northern
Health, Alfred Hospital, Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. Clinical education leading to entry-level competency is the focus of the final 18 months of the course, with opportunity for rural, interstate or international clinical placements.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics is accredited by the Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB).
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics may be eligible to apply for registration with the AOB. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics may apply for membership with Orthoptics Australia, the International Orthoptic Association, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Applicants will preferably hold a Bachelor's degree in vision science, health sciences or biological sciences completed within the last five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Graduates without an initial degree deemed to have provided a foundation in human anatomy, physiology, and/or vision sciences, will be required to undertake a bridging program. An applicant with a Bachelor's degree awarded more than five years ago will not be considered unless the applicant has subsequently completed a postgraduate course or provided evidence of other continuing academic activity. At the discretion of the Head of Department and the Selection Committee, relevant work experience may be considered as evidence of academic activity.

Students without a degree in vision science, health sciences or biological sciences will be required to complete the bridging course in physiology and anatomy ($300, 2013 fee and subject to change) and/or orthoptics ($450, 2013 fee and subject to change).

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$30,500 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Students are strongly advised to purchase an ophthalmoscope or a retinoscope set at the start of their first year, and should allow approximately A$600. Students must purchase a uniform for clinical placements which includes an Orthoptic Department shirt (A$60), a name tag (A$12) and approved black pants or skirt. Other equipment will also be necessary, at a cost of about A$150. Books and equipment may be purchased from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Travel and accommodation costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and will vary according to the venue. All students must obtain a National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50, Working With Children (WWC) Check at no cost, and provide proof of their immunisation history before undertaking clinical or community placements. All costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
All applicants are required to provide specific information in the Supplementary Form before the closing date. See the How to Apply section for the form and closing date.

Students are required to obtain a National Police Check ($15.50) and Working With Children (WWC) check (no cost) before undertaking a clinical professional placement. Please check the website for more information about the clinical component of this program. All costs are approximate and are subject to change.

La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year.

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See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2018

Master of Orthoptics (062808B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
TBC (2017 indicative fee $33 000)
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Orthoptists are eyecare professionals who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye disorders.

The curriculum is centred on enquiry-based learning. Theory and knowledge of eye disease is integrated with orthoptic skills for competent investigation, diagnosis and management of patients. You will attend clinical placements within the Eye and Ear Hospital clinical school network and other clinical settings where you will learn to further develop and refine your clinical skills and patient management strategies. These clinical settings include private ophthalmology clinics in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Royal Childrens Hospital, Northern
Health, Alfred Hospital, Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. Clinical education leading to entry-level competency is the focus of the final 18 months of the course, with opportunity for rural, interstate or international clinical placements.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;


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 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

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

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree, completed in the past five years
(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Essential prerequisite subjects include studies in anatomy and physiology. Desirable prerequisite subjects include vision sciences,
ocular anatomy and physiology, binocular vision, pharmacology.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
Students are strongly advised to purchase an ophthalmoscope or a retinoscope set at the start of their first year, and should allow approximately A$600. Students must purchase a uniform for clinical placements which includes an Orthoptic Department shirt (A$60), a name tag (A$12) and approved black pants or skirt. Other equipment will also be necessary, at a cost of about A$150. Books and equipment may be purchased from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Travel and accommodation costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and will vary according to the venue. All students must obtain a National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50, Working With Children (WWC) Check at no cost, and provide proof of their immunisation history before undertaking clinical or community placements. All costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
If you don't have a background in biological sciences, including neurosciences and/or ophthalmic sciences, you will be required to
undertake an online bridging course in anatomy and physiology and/or other self-directed study prior to commencing the program.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics is accredited by the Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB).
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics may be eligible to apply for registration with the AOB. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics may apply for membership with Orthoptics Australia, the International Orthoptic Association, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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 instance, have done placements in Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Rockhampton and Townsville.

As part of the clinical placement program 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.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

Rosanne Cahill

The emphasis placed on practical training and professional placement is very important.

Ms Rosanne Cahill, Health Sciences

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.