Optometry Schools Selection Criteria (2021 Updated)

2xq

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For those considering Optometry as an alternative career to medicine/dentistry, this is the page that'll list all UNDERGRADUATE accredited courses (Australian Programs) that'll allow you to practice as an Optometrist in a very digestible table much like Med schools Selection Criteria Y12s & Non-standards AND UPDATED Dentistry Schools Selection Criteria Y12s & Non-standards. (Link: Accredited Optometry Programs - AHPRA & National Boards).

If there is anything missing/incorrect about the following table, please let me know! :yay: (Also there's nothing on non-standard entry well because... there's simply nothing online to go off.)

UniversityDegree OfferedCourse LengthATAR/Lowest Selection Rank (LSR)Prerequisites (PR)/Assumed Knowledge (AK)Notes
Deakin UniversityBachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry3.5 Years95.80 (LSR 2021 Entry)Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. (PR)- Applicants are able to include a Personal Statement
- SEAS Available
- Subject Adjustments - A study score of 40 in any English equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 35 in any English equals 1 aggregate point per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Flinders UniversityBachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry5 Years96.00 (LSR 2021 Entry)SACE Stage Two chemistry, mathematics and physics or equivalent. (AK)- UES Available
- Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry5 Years99.00 (Selection Rank)English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C)

Physics (Units 3 & 4, C)

(AK)
- EAS Available
- Elite Athlete Entry Scheme
- Subject Adjustments CLICK HERE
University of Canberra (UC)Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry5 Years85.00 (Selection Rank)ACT: Mathematical Methods major; Chemistry major; and Physics major. NSW: Mathematics; Physics; and Chemistry. (AK)- Priority to Indigenous Students, ADF Personnel and Reservists & Elite Athletes.
- EAS Available
- Subject Adjustments CLICK HERE
University of New South Wales (UNSW)Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry5 Years99.20 (LSR Dec Round 2 2021 Entry) 99.25 (LSR Jan Round 1 2021 Entry)Chemistry, English Advanced, Mathematics Advanced, Physics. (AK)- EAS/ACCESS Scheme Available
- Indigenous Access Scheme
- Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders Program
 
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Hi guys so I have a question about getting into optometry and medicine next year I want to ask what GPA we need for that and also how to apply after 1 year of tertiary study do we just use like QTAC is it same as the we apply like year 12 or we have to appply something different thanks ur help really appreciated 🙏🙏
 
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2xq

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Hi guys so I have a question about getting into optometry and medicine next year I want to ask what GPA we need for that and also how to apply after 1 year of tertiary study do we just use like QTAC is it same as the we apply like year 12 or we have to appply something different thanks ur help really appreciated 🙏🙏
Hello!

From what I'm reading, you are a non-standard applicant wanting to do either optometry or medicine. For optometry, not much is known about the GPA/WAM required. The only thing that really gives a clue is the ATAR/Selection Rank required. Each university may calculate an equivalent GPA/WAM requirement differently so you'll probably have to do some research on what GPA/WAM will convert to for the universities listed above.

For non-standard medicine, you'll need to sit UCAT ANZ. The GPA/WAM requirements is listed in the 1st source listed below. The 2nd source are other medstudentsonline users submitting their admission data.
Because you are a non-standard applicant, you will be required to apply through the TAC's (much like a year 12 school leaver).

Hope this helps!

(Also if there is anything that is incorrect, please correct me :>)
 

dotwingz

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Hey 2xq, does UNSW allow non standard entry into their VisSci/ClinOptom double or do non standards have to try compete through the grad entry ClinOptom part.

Also as an FYI on GPA to Selection ranks here's is QUT (i assume ur qld based), so a GPA of 6.5+ should be enough

QUT
6.95 - 99.95
6.50 - 99.00
6.00 - 98.00
5.50 - 97.00
5.00 - 96.00
4.50 - 95.00
4.25 - 94.00
4.00 - 93.00
3.75 - 88.00
3.50 - 85.00
3.25 - 82.00
3.00 - 79.00
2.75 - 76.00
2.50 - 72.00
2.25 - 67.00
 

2xq

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Hey 2xq, does UNSW allow non standard entry into their VisSci/ClinOptom double or do non standards have to try compete through the grad entry ClinOptom part.

Also as an FYI on GPA to Selection ranks here's is QUT (i assume ur qld based), so a GPA of 6.5+ should be enough

QUT
6.95 - 99.95
6.50 - 99.00
6.00 - 98.00
5.50 - 97.00
5.00 - 96.00
4.50 - 95.00
4.25 - 94.00
4.00 - 93.00
3.75 - 88.00
3.50 - 85.00
3.25 - 82.00
3.00 - 79.00
2.75 - 76.00
2.50 - 72.00
2.25 - 67.00
Hey Dot,

Not much is known about UNSW's VisSci/ClinOptom double degree. Only about 50 people even get offered a place (According to UAC Sem 1 2020 Data). With that being said, UAC (Sem 1 2020 Data) does say there are 15 places offered to those with "(A) Higher education study (Includes a bridging or enabling course)".

The ambiguity lies in the fact that the category "includes a bridging or enabling course". People that undertake the UNSW Foundation Studies and gain a GPA of 9.0 (out of 10) are able to get into the VisSci/ClinOptom double degree. Non-standard Entry tho? Well... no one has really written anything about it on the web.

So to answer your question, there probably have been people that have been offered a non-standard place. With that being said tho, most people end up competing for a postgraduate place (i.e. Master of Clinical Optometry).

If anyone has information about this, do let me know!

UAC Student Profile Sem 1 2020 Data
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tksm

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With that being said tho, most people end up competing for a postgraduate place (i.e. Master of Clinical Optometry).
Some of my friends are in this program, and postgrad places are very limited (within the single digits). However, only UNSW BVisSc students can apply for the postgrad places. Spots only open in the MClinOptom when someone leaves the integrated program i.e. the sum of people who leave year 1/2/3 will be the amount of spots available in the masters.

Not 100% sure about the UAC data - I think it might represent the number of students enrolled in the course after census date, rather than the total offer numbers. 50ish sounds about right for the cohort size.

Anecdotally I managed to get an offer this year based on my GPA (7) but did not accept. I'm not sure if this was based on 0.875FTE or 1FTE since I had a little GPA kerfuffle last year. From memory, I think UNSW only needs 0.75FTE to be considered.

Hopefully this helps someone :)
 

kkkk

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Hey I have been wondering, is there any massive benefit one would have if they went UNSW over the other unis which have a lower atar requirement for this degree or is it just for some minor reasons like prestige???
 

2xq

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Hey I have been wondering, is there any massive benefit one would have if they went UNSW over the other unis which have a lower atar requirement for this degree or is it just for some minor reasons like prestige???
In the field of Allied Heath, it makes little to no difference. The most probable reason why UNSW has a really high requirement is due to location to prospective applicants.
 

AndyPanda

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Hi all! I was wondering if it matters where we go to do our undergraduate of vision science/master of optometry. My UCAT was horrible so I am looking to go into optom at QUT if I can but am looking for a backup university if I don't make it. I have a raw predicted ATAR around 96-98 (+2 for physic at QUT) so I think I have a good shot for all optom courses. From a brief look at over the unis, Deakin has a very accelerated course but, this makes me feel like there is too much going on at one time during the course to cram it in. I have also looked at Flinders and I don't know too much about that one too. Any info on how good the course is and whether the environment there is nice to live in would be much appreciated. Thanks!
 

2xq

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Hi all! I was wondering if it matters where we go to do our undergraduate of vision science/master of optometry. My UCAT was horrible so I am looking to go into optom at QUT if I can but am looking for a backup university if I don't make it. I have a raw predicted ATAR around 96-98 (+2 for physic at QUT) so I think I have a good shot for all optom courses. From a brief look at over the unis, Deakin has a very accelerated course but, this makes me feel like there is too much going on at one time during the course to cram it in. I have also looked at Flinders and I don't know too much about that one too. Any info on how good the course is and whether the environment there is nice to live in would be much appreciated. Thanks!
glizzyseal can provide some more information about Deakin Optometry.
Deakin Optometry runs in trimesters so you end up doing 1.5 FTE in 1 year which is how Deakin is able to compress the course into 3.5 years i.e. (2 trimesters = 1 FTE)

Your ATAR prediction looks like it is enough for most optometry universities (other than UNSW). QUT may be borderline but if you end up with a 97 ATAR [Personally, I would aim higher so mid 97s] (+2 Physics bonus gives you 99.00 SR which is what they require as a minimum), you may have a selection rank that'll allow you to receive an offer.
 

mnh21

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Hi all,

I was wondering what your thoughts on undergraduate optometry at Deakin vs UNSW are? I am aware that Deakin's is accelerated, however I was wondering:
  1. what is the reputation of each of the courses like?
  2. what you know from your own experience? (is it better/worse that Deakin is accelerated?)
  3. is it worth moving interstate for UNSW although Deakin is shorter?
Thanks in advance!!
 

2xq

Allied Health Member
Hi all,

I was wondering what your thoughts on undergraduate optometry at Deakin vs UNSW are? I am aware that Deakin's is accelerated, however I was wondering:
  1. what is the reputation of each of the courses like?
  2. what you know from your own experience? (is it better/worse that Deakin is accelerated?)
  3. is it worth moving interstate for UNSW although Deakin is shorter?
Thanks in advance!!
1. Both are fine.
2. (not really applicable to me so I will open this up to anyone that does optometry)
3. UNSW is super competitive. I assume you are in VIC so Deakin University would be a better university to go to.
 
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