What will I learn?

This Specialist Certificate is a part-time course for established optometrists seeking to continue their professional development and develop a specialisation in anterior and dry eye disorders.

Offered by the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, this course covers the most current theories on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of anterior eye disease, including dry eye. You will graduate with advanced clinical capabilities in the day-to-day management of eye disease.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for already-qualified optometrists looking to advance their existing skills and knowledge.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have:

  • Advanced knowledge and skills in their selected fields of clinical optometry
  • Detailed knowledge in the use and application of specific advanced diagnostic techniques and/or instrumentation
  • An advanced ability to evaluate and synthesise research from the scientific and clinical literature
  • An appreciation of the value of, and the ability to achieve, collaboration with other healthcare professionals as an effective means to aid clinical problem-solving
  • The capacity to interpret and integrate information from a variety of sources (such as patient presentation details, advanced diagnostic techniques, scientific, clinical and technical literature, and other healthcare professionals) in the development of the most appropriate patient management
  • The ability and initiative to offer enhanced clinical services based on their in-depth study in selected fields of clinical optometry
  • Have advanced their clinical skills and developed flexibility of outlook such that they are better able to respond to future paradigm shifts in the scope of optometric management.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (6 months part time)

Tuition fees
A$5,904.00 (3,16,060) per year
AUD $5,904 for the entire course
Start date

25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

In order to be considered for entry, applications must have completed:

a four-year undergraduate degree in Optometry, or equivalent or;
professional experience deemed by the Selection Committee to be equivalent to a four-year Australian degree in Optometry

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

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