Master of Orthoptics
This course enables graduates with a first degree in another discipline to obtain a professional qualification in orthoptics.
Orthoptists are eyecare professionals who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye disorders. They generally work in specialist eye clinics and public hospitals, where they work with ophthalmic surgeons to monitor eye disease and provide treatment, which includes prescribing glasses for children and adult patients. They also provide rehabilitation services in low-vision agencies and may work in orthoptic private practice. Increasingly, orthoptists are also employed in eye and vision research centres.
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Start date
Approximately 20 hours/week contact and 20 hours/week self-directed learning
Length
2 years full-time
Price
Annual (or Total) Tuition Fee (AUD): Indicative (2011): $18,530 (per 120 credit points) The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7% per annum. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year.
Delivery Mode
On Campus
Study Type
Full Time
Subject Area
Optometry
Course Level
Postgraduate & masters
Application: Apply direct to the University (contact details below) before 30 November 2010. Late applications may be considered. Scholarships: A variety of scholarships and prizes are available for postgraduate students at La Trobe. Visit the postgraduate scholarships webpage for details http://www.latrobe.edu.au/scholarships/pg/ Additional costs (AUD) Students should allow approximately A$500 for a retinoscope/ophthalmoscope set, A$100 for student for student notes, manuals, and other items, A$10 for a name badge. Books and equipment may be purchased from any supplier; these remain students' personal property. Travel and accommodation costs for clinical placement may also be incurred; these vary according to venue. Selection: Academic merit. Prerequisites: Applicants will hold a Bachelor's degree in vision science, health sciences or biological sciences. Additional self directed study may be required where it is deemed the initial degree has not provided a foundation in human anatomy, physiology and or neurosciences. An applicant with a Bachelor's degree awarded more than five years ago will not be considered unless the applicant has subsequently completed a postgraduate course or provided evidence of other continuing academic activity. At the discretion of the Head of Department and the Selection Committee, relevant work experience may be considered as evidence of academic activity.
Start date
Approximately 20 hours/week contact and 20 hours/week self-directed learning
Length
2 years full-time
Price
Annual (or Total) Tuition Fee (AUD): Indicative (2011): $18,530 (per 120 credit points) The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7% per annum. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year.
Delivery Mode
On Campus
Study Type
Full Time
Subject Area
Optometry
Course Level
Postgraduate & masters
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Start date
Approximately 20 hours/week contact and 20 hours/week self-directed learning
Length
2 years full-time
Price
Annual (or Total) Tuition Fee (AUD): Indicative (2011): $18,530 (per 120 credit points) The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7% per annum. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year.
Delivery Mode
On Campus
Study Type
Full Time
Subject Area
Optometry
Course Level
Postgraduate & masters