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Learn about how you can assemble your 72 UoC for the Master of Optometry.
There are 12 - 18 UoC of Core Courses:
Below are internally offered electives:
OPTM7611 Introduction to Myopia * †2022
OPTM7003 Epidemiology of blinding eye diseases
OPTM7107 Ocular therapy (domestic only) * †2022
VISN5511 Visual system, impairments and implications
VISN5512 Sensory process and movement
VISN5513 Orientation and mobility foundations
OPTM7006 Eye care program management
OPTM7107 Ocular therapy (cont. Term 1) * †2022
OPTM7205 Specialty Contact Lens Studies * †2023 (s)
OPTM6411 Contact Lenses
OPTM7001 Introduction to Community Eye Health
OTPM7104 Advanced Contact Lens Studies* (s)
OTPM7115 Visual Neuroscience*
* = course contains mandatory face-to-face component
(s) = only offered when there are sufficient enrolments.
†YEAR course offered biennially (next in 2022 or 2023)
The program delivery mode is full time, largely through distance online education with face-to-face practical components as detailed below. Half load options are available for students who wish to complete the theory part of the program in year 1 (mostly online), and practical part in year 2 (face to face). Acceptance into the program and placement numbers are limited by the number of available WIL placements.
Attributes giving the best chance for student success in this program: As a guideline, relevant undergraduate degrees in health sciences or education are preferable, however other degrees are also considered. Orientation and mobility specialist attributes also generally include physical dexterity and fitness (to train under blindfold, walk backwards on stairs, and be able to walk at least 5km); educational and emotional intelligence (accepting the duty of care for the physical safety of individuals with multi-disability) and flexibility for extensive travel to clients, both as a student and a graduate.
The cost associated with attending practical components (in particularly travel, accommodation and meeting away-from-home costs) will be met by the student.
Students are also required to purchase mobility cane sets for the techniques training.
For listed scholarship opportunities, please visit the scholarships page.
Program Information session (delivered November 2021)
Hear from our panel of expert staff to guide you through the details of the Graduate Diploma of Orientation and Mobility as well as have a taster lecture to experience first-hand how this program can expand your professional horizons or inspire a career change: https://youtu.be/0t7B6KsUngw
The program acknowledges the extensive collaboration and support from industry stakeholders in supporting students through the program.