La Trobe University

Master of Orthoptics


Start dates
Semester 1 (February) 2019
2 years full-time
Fees and costs
$32,600 per 120 credit points.

Orthoptists are eyecare professionals who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye disorders.

In this course 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 clinical school network and other clinical settings where you will learn to further develop and refine your clinical skills and patient management strategies. 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.

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Entry requirements


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 you will be required to complete the bridging course in physiology and anatomy ($365 - 2016 fee and subject to change) and/or orthoptics ($475 - 2016 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.

Career outcomes

Graduates have extensive employment opportunities, as there is currently an undersupply of orthoptists in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Professional recognition

The Master of Orthoptics is accredited by the Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB).
Graduates of the 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 Master of Orthoptics may apply for membership with Orthoptics Australia, 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

Course fees

$32,600 per 120 credit points.

Additional costs

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

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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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.

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: