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What will I learn?

With a strong focus on clinical experience, our Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) will prepare you to launch a successful career as an orthoptist. You'll explore the anatomy and physiology of the eye to understand vision and visual function. Learn how to help people with eye disorders including strabismus (eye turns), eye diseases and low vision.

Clinical experiences start in your first year and will be a significant part of your degree. We work closely with industry to give you access to placements and hands-on experience in hospitals with dedicated eye clinics as well as private eye clinics. During these experiences, you'll learn how to use specialised technology, such as retinal cameras and ultrasonography machines.

You'll have the opportunity to complete a placement beyond Melbourne in your final year with one of our partner clinics in regional Victoria, interstate or overseas. You'll also have the opportunity to help where you're needed most - in a developing country.

Take advantage of an industry-based or research project, where you'll develop project management and research skills essential for a successful career in orthoptics.

You'll learn:

Eye anatomy and physiology

Understand the anatomy and physiology of the structures of the eye and the roles these structure play in various eye functions.

Optics and refraction

Understand the principles of optics (visible and invisible light) and how they impact the eye and visual system including long and short-sightedness.

Eye conditions and diagnostics

Learn diagnostic tests and procedures to investigate different eye conditions.

Patient-centred care

Develop your clinical practice around a patient-centred care framework and ensure you treat patients using evidence-based best practice.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 – Bachelor Degree Honours.

Career outcomes

Orthoptists are integral members of healthcare teams. Graduates will have the skills to perform clinical, technical, advisory and educational roles. You could pursue a career as an orthoptist in a range of settings, including:

Specialist eye clinics, Hospitals, Community centres, Academia/research.

Professional recognition

Our new course, the Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours), will be seeking accreditation with the Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB). Pending the outcome of the processes, graduates of the Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) may be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Orthoptic Board. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) may be eligible to apply for membership with Orthoptics Australia, the International Orthoptic Association, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing

CRICOS

0100796

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$42,800.00 (23,54,235) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February 2023

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate. International Baccalaureate - 24 to 33. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component, C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute
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