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Optometry pathway for WA students

Date posted: 9 August 2017

Western Australian (WA) students will be able to start their optometry degree at Curtin University in Perth next year before transferring to Flinders University, Adelaide to complete their studies.

Curtin University announced at an open day on 6 August plans to launch an optometry stream in the Faculty of Health Sciences at its Perth Bentley campus in 2018.

The new partnership between Flinders and Curtin universities will see 20 WA students per year studying the first year of their course at Curtin, before transferring to Flinders to complete years two to five of the Flinders double degree in optometry. Clinical placement may be able to be done in WA in the fifth year.

During the first year, students will study Curtin University’s Human Biology Preclinical course, specialising in the new optometry stream. There will be no optometry specific course material in year one but students will study anatomy, physiology, biomedicine and integrated studies in human biology, emphasising applied human structure and function. This inter-professional year is taken with students from other health science degrees.

Optometry students then apply to be admitted to the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry at Flinders University.

Source: Optometry Australia

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Last updated: 9 August 2017
 
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