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Bachelor of medical science (vision science), master of optometry



Target audience: Students wishing to work in optometry, or medical scientists specialising in vision science.

Course summary: This course provides participants with the skills to begin clinical practice as an optometrist in a range of urban, rural and remote settings, to be a well-informed health professional and to acquire critical skills in appraising scientific and clinical information. In addition the course is designed to produce graduates who as medical scientists are specialists in the area of vision science and possess well-developed skills to undertake a range of careers within the medical sciences. Students also gain the specialist knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes necessary to be registered by the Optometry Board of Australia as an optometrist. Some examples of course core units include:

Flinders University have an annual sub-quota of up to 20 places for applicants from rural and remote areas and also up to five places are allocated to Indigenous students. Optometry students have the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in regional and remote settings (including private practices) during the master of optometry. One-third of the private practice placement partners are located outside metropolitan areas.

Fee payable: Yes

Delivery mode: On site

Financial support for Indigenous students: Not specified


Flinders University
Faculty of Health Sciences
Ph: (08) 8201 2986


Last updated: 18 February 2016
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