Duration
Full-time: 4 Years
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
Grafton
Points
600
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

The 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 selection interview. There are 60 places available each year.

There are two entry categories into the BOptom:

  • Undergraduate entry
  • Graduate entry
Please note:

Programme structure

  • The BOptom is a five year qualification (600 points) that includes year one, as the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (or an equivalent programme of study such as the first year in Health Sciences from the University of Otago).
  • In the second and third years (Parts II-III), you will take a combination of core courses in applicable life sciences, vision and optometric sciences, anatomy and physiology of vision, mechanisms of disease and optics and visual science.
  • You will study general optometric practice and aspects of clinical optometry.
  • In your fourth and fifth years (Parts IV-V), you will study contact lenses, paediatric optometry and binocular vision, and continue to learn about eye diseases and treatments.
  • You will be required to take courses in advanced clinical optometry and undertake a research project.
  • You will gain practical experience in examining and treating patients in one of our public clinics and during external placements.
  • You must also include two General Education courses in your programme (30 points total). One will need to be completed prior to admission to the BOptom (during the first year of the BSc in Biomedical Science), and one the following year in Part Two of the BOptom. Your options are listed in the General Education Schedules that are approved for the BOptom programme.

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2017 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Undergraduate entry

Option A: University of Auckland - Bachelor of Science (BSc) (various majors)

You must have completed at least one year of study (120 points) as part of the University's Bachelor of Science (BSc), including the following six core courses:

  • BIOSCI 101
  • BIOSCI 106
  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • PHYSICS 160
  • MEDSCI 142

The remaining 30 points may comprise of either:

  • One General Education course (excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G) and one 15 point elective course from the Science schedule, or 
  • Two General Education courses.

Please note that while POPLHLTH 111 is not a required course for entry into BOptom, the course provides a strong foundation for a number of concepts addressed in the programme. For this reason, undergraduate applicants are strongly encouraged to take POPLHLTH 111.

Option B: University of Otago's Health Science First Year (HSFY)

You must have completed at least 126 points in the University of Otago’s HSFY, including the following seven core courses:

  • BIOC 192
  • CELS 191
  • CHEM 191
  • HUBS 191
  • HUBS 192
  • PHSI 191
  • PUBH 192

Interview eligibility
Applicants must complete the prerequisite undergraduate courses (above) and achieve a minimum expected Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 6.0 (B+ average) in order to be eligible for interview consideration.

Interview ranking
All applicants deemed eligible are ranked for interview invitation based on the grades achieved in the core courses only.

Please note:

  • Interviews are conducted in late-November and early-December each year.
  • If your final grades are not available, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned for the interview ranking only. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
  • The minimum GPA or GPE required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire applicant pool for the admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Graduate entry

In order to apply for the BOptom under the Graduate entry category, you need to have completed a relevant degree/degrees on a full-time basis at a recognised university (or similar institution), with the last year of full-time study no more than five years prior to the year of application. Relevant degrees include, but are not limited to, undergraduate programmes in health sciences and biomedical science.

A minimum of 105 points over Semesters One and Two per academic calendar year is required to be considered as full-time for BOptom admission. A typical academic calendar year is 120 points.

Depending on the nature of your previous studies, the faculty may permit you to be admitted to Part II of the BOptom programme, or may require you to undertake part or all of the Undergraduate courses initially. If you are required to take Part I courses, you must pass all these courses clearly within one year in order to proceed to Part II.

Interview eligibility

You must have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 6.0 to be eligibile for interview consideration.

Interview ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation consideration based on the GPA or GPE from the last two academic years of full-time study, with each year weighted equally. In recent years the GPA or GPE of successful applicants has been at least 6.5.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

Planning to study in 2018?

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Undergraduate entry

Option A: University of Auckland – Bachelor of Science (BSc) (various majors)

You must have completed at least one year of study (120 points) as part of the University’s Bachelor of Science (BSc), including the following six core courses:

  • BIOSCI 101
  • BIOSCI 106
  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • PHYSICS 160

The remaining 30 points may comprise of either:

  • One General Education course (excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G) and one 15 point elective course from the Science schedule, or 
  • Two General Education courses.

Please note that while POPLHLTH 111 is not a required course for entry into BOptom, the course provides a strong foundation for a number of concepts addressed in the programme. For this reason, Undergraduate applicants are strongly encouraged to take POPLHLTH 111.

Option B: University of Otago's Health Science First Year (HSFY)
You must have completed at least 126 points in the University of Otago’s HSFY, including the following seven core courses:

  • BIOC 192
  • CELS 191
  • CHEM 191
  • HUBS 191
  • HUBS 192
  • PHSI 191
  • PUBH 192

Interview eligibility

Applicants must complete the prerequisite undergraduate courses (above) and achieve a minimum expected Grade Point Average / Grade Point Equivalent of 6.0 (B+ average) in order to be eligible for interview consideration.

Interview ranking

All applicants deemed eligible are ranked for interview invitation based on the grades achieved in the core courses only.

Please note:

  • Interviews are conducted in late-November and early-December each year.
  • If your final grades are not available, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned for the interview ranking only. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
  • The minimum GPA or GPE required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire applicant pool for the admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Graduate entry

In order to apply for the BOptom under the Graduate entry category, you need to have completed a relevant degree/degrees on a full-time basis at a recognised university (or similar institution), with the last year of full-time study no more than five years prior to the year of application. Relevant degrees include, but are not limited to, undergraduate programmes in health sciences and biomedical science.

Depending on the nature of your previous studies, the faculty may permit you to be admitted to Part II of the BOptom programme, or may require you to undertake part or all of the undergraduate courses initially. If you are required to take Part I courses, you must pass all these courses clearly within one year in order to proceed to Part II.

Interview eligibility

You must have achieved a minimum Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 6.0 to be eligible for interview consideration.

Interview ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation consideration based on the GPE from the last two academic years of full-time study, with each year weighted equally. In recent years the GPE of successful applicants has been at least 6.5.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5, no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

Planning to study in 2018?

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

How much does a Bachelor of Optometry cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,582.40*
International students
NZ$51,989*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $957.00 for full-time study (150 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Please note: Late/incomplete applications are not accepted. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 October 2017

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How to apply

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Where could this programme take you?

On graduation you can be accredited as a registered optometrist, able to diagnose and treat eye diseases in New Zealand and Australia. The majority of optometrists enter private practice, which offers regular hours and the freedom to choose where to live and work. Optometrists can also practise in hospitals and clinics or work in the industry or research.

Jobs related to this programme

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  • Registered optometrist

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