By successfully completing the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Vision Science) you can gain entry to the Master of Optometry at Flinders. This new combined pathway 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 combined course 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.
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): A minimum of 95 is expected to be competitive for a place
The application process involves two steps:
1. Registration to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). Registrations open in April each year and for the 2009 test, closed prior to the publication of this Guide. The test was held on 29 July 2009. UMAT scores from either 2008 or 2009 can be used for applications lodged for 2010.
2. Applications for the combined pathway 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 fifteen places in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Optometry will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practice in rural and remote regions across Australia.
For further information about being considered for the rural and remote sub-quota refer to rural and remote sub-quota - statutory declaration.
Flinders University's Bedford Park campus is located on Sturt Road, just south of the Central Business District (CBD) of Adelaide, the capital city of the State of South Australia.
The most direct routes from the CBD are via:
* Anzac Highway and South Road, or
* Goodwood Road, Ayliffes Road and South Road.
If you are coming from the airport, travel via Sir Donald Bradman Drive and South Road.
Getting to and around the campus
Students and staff have many options for getting to campus, for example:
* public transport
* the Loop Bus
* Access cab.