Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics
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 will participate in four block clinical placements. You will undertake placements in hospitals with dedicated ophthalmology programs such as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Alfred Health, the Royal Children's Hospital or with one of the Orthoptic Clinical School Network's private or public practices around Melbourne. You will also complete one placement outside Melbourne with one of our partner clinics in regional Australia, interstate 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.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.
Orthoptists can find employment in a variety of settings, including hospital outpatient clinics, private practice, teaching and research areas, and visual rehabilitation centres.
Fees and scholarships
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Students must purchase a uniform for clinical placements which includes an Orthoptic Discipline shirt (AUD$60), a name tag (AUD$12) and approved black pants or skirt. Orthoptic equipment will also be necessary, at a cost of about AUD$400. Travel and accommodation costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and will vary according to the venue. All students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Students can purchase books and equipment from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Advanced Standing (credit)If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more
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.
CRICOS code: 083317C/062808B