Course type: Undergraduate/postgraduate course
Course length: 5 years
Location: On campus
2014 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): A minimum of 95 is expected to be competitive for a place
Bonus points: SEAS, RISAS
By successfully completing the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Vision Science) you can gain entry to the Master of Optometry at Flinders. This new double degree gives you a fundamental grounding in science with a specialisation in Vision Sciences, where you will study the visual system and factors that influence sight in preparation for intensive study in Optometry.
This 5 year double degree prepares you with the skills you will need to provide vital optometry services to the community. It will also give you the necessary training to perform valuable research into eye diseases and conditions that cause blindness, and to identify, diagnose and treat a variety of eye problems.
What will I study?
Refer to the course rule.
What is Vision Science?
Vision Science is the study of visual perception and the visual system.
Why study Vision Science at Flinders?
- We are providing the only Optometry course offered in South Australia.
- The course provides the opportunity for you to become a registered optometrist in 5 years.
Flinders University is nationally recognised for its research into blinding eye conditions. During your studies you will have access to cutting-edge research and benefit from the expertise of the University’s Eye and Vision Collaborative Group.
Based in The Flinders Medical Centre’s Department of Ophthalmology, this multidisciplinary group’s members include professional clinicians, researchers and nurses. Focusing on the connections between vision and health, the group’s aim is to pass their expertise on to the next generation of clinicians and researchers through training and participation in student projects.
Vision Sciences will enable you to build on our School of Medicine’s strengths in rural, remote and Indigenous health by giving you the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in various rural and remote areas. We have a strong profile in medicine both nationally and internationally, and we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in teaching and research.
The course has been developed with reference to the competency standards and requirements for optometry as published by the Optometry Board of Australia and the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.
Prerequisites: None. However, knowledge of Stage 2 Chemistry and Physics is assumed. The Undergraduate Medicine Admissions Test (UMAT) is no longer a requirement from 2015.
The Flinders Optometry Program is available to school leavers and higher education transfers. School leavers are defined as applicants who are competing for entry on the basis of performance in SACE Stage 2 studies or the International Baccalaureate or the interstate/overseas equivalent.
Ranking for offers of places will be based on an entry score combining ATAR or GPA (90%), whichever is applicable, and a UMAT-derived score (10%). The UMAT-derived score will be based mainly on sections 1 and 2 of the test.
School leavers who did not sit the UMAT in late July 2014 can apply for entry to this course as they will be considered on the basis of their ATAR. School leavers who did sit the UMAT in late July 2014 will be considered on both the combined entry score comprising their ATAR and UMAT score (90% and 10% respectively) and on the basis of their ATAR (100%).
An annual sub-quota of up to 15 places in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practise in rural and remote regions across Australia. In addition up to five places are allocated to Indigenous students.
Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes.
Refer to undergraduate study applications.
Applications and annual fees
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Place type: Commonwealth-supported
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Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
The application process involves two steps:
- Registration to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).
- Applications for the double degree must be lodged with SATAC by the closing date. Students will be asked to enter their UMAT identification number when they lodge their application on SATAC’s UniWeb .
Criminal History Screening Check
All optometry students will be required to complete a Criminal History Screening Check prior to undertaking any placement. This requirement will apply to students when they commence the optometry component of the course.
Rural and remote sub-quota
An annual sub-quota of up to 15 places in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practise in rural and remote regions across Australia.
In addition up to five places are allocated to Indigenous students.
For further information about being considered for the rural and remote sub-quota refer to rural and remote sub-quota - statutory declaration.
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