The Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) is accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.
This programme enables you to develop communication, empathy and problem-solving skills, particularly working with children, the elderly and the partially sighted.
It will prepare you for registration as an Optometrist, and you’ll be equipped to diagnose visual problems or impairments, advise on the prevention of vision loss, prescribe and provide treatment.
This programme covers both theory and the clinical aspects of Optometry, preparing you for the workforce after graduation.
Entry into the BOptom is limited and competitive. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI). There are 60 places available each year.
There are two application categories for entry into the BOptom:
- Undergraduate entry: Undergraduate applicants may apply from either BSc (usually Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland or the HSFY at the University of Otago
- Graduate entry
- Entry criteria may change every year. There is no direct entry from secondary school, school leavers are encourage to apply under the Undergraduate entry category
- Shortlisted applicants will be subject to a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).
- Special entry schemes are available for domestic students.
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