Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics
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 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.
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.
English language requirement
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.
Orthoptists can find employment in a variety of settings, including hospital outpatient clinics, private practice, teaching and research areas, and visual rehabilitation centres.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics is accredited by the Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the 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.
Fees and costs
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
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
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:
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