Why study Orthoptics?

Orthoptists are allied health practitioners who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Our orthoptics degree will enable you to begin a rewarding career in a specialist eye care setting. You will develop the knowledge and skills to advance treatment for children and adults with vision problems.

Career opportunities

There is a strong demand for orthoptists in Australia and overseas. You may expect to work in specialist eye clinics, public hospitals with ophthalmic surgeons, rehabilitation centres, low vision agencies, and eye and vision research centres.


Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer. 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time 4 years

Master of Applied Science

Semester starts: See additional information Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time 2 years

Master of Orthoptics

Semester starts: Semester 1 (February) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 2 years full-time 2 years

Your study experience

Orthoptics placements

Clinical placements help you to put your theoretical learning into clinical practice and develop the skills to work as an independent practitioner. Clinical education and professional practice is done in the last 18 months of your course largely within the Orthoptics Clinical School Network. The Orthoptics Clinical School Network consists of health services operating ophthalmology and orthoptic clinical programs. These include private ophthalmology clinics in metropolitan Melbourne as well as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Royal Children's Hospital, Northern Health, Alfred Hospital, Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. We also have strong networks with clinical placement providers in regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. Students, for instance, have done placements in Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Rockhampton and Townsville.

You must undertake at least one placement outside of metropolitan Melbourne in the final year. Placements happen throughout the year and are not limited to standard semester weeks. You will be required to wear a standard uniform whilst on professional placement.

Alternative pathways

Master of Orthoptics (graduate entry)

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

We do not have partner institutions for study exchange, but we have developed strong networks with clinical placement providers overseas. You are encouraged to travel to broaden your clinical experience and improve your employment prospects. Students have done placements in Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, UK and USA.

About the academic staff

The paramedicine staff employed at La Trobe University are highly qualified and motivated individuals who share their experience and enthusiasm with students, and align curriculum content with international best practice.  They are determined to produce resilient, critical thinking and capable clinicians that can thrive in this exciting profession.

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