Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) From La Trobe University

Program Overview

Join Australia’s only undergraduate orthoptics program and learn to detect, diagnose and manage eye conditions in a range of patients, including children and adults.With a strong focus on clinical experience, our Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) will prepare you to launch a successful career as an orthoptist. You'll explore the anatomy and physiology of the eye to understand vision and visual function. Learn how to help people with eye disorders including strabismus (eye turns), eye diseases and low vision.

Clinical experiences start in your first year and will be a significant part of your degree. Work closely with industry to give you access to placements and hands-on experience in hospitals with dedicated eye clinics as well as private eye clinics. During these experiences, you'll learn how to use specialised technology, such as retinal cameras and ultrasonography machines.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 42,800


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79


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  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy For Higher Education
  • Eye Anatomy And Physiology
  • Foundations Of Orthoptic Practice
  • Foundations Of Professional Communication
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Human Biosciences B
  • Optics And Refractive State
  • Research And Evidence In Practice

Subject prerequisites

  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

English language requirement

  • 6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0.

The cost of studying at La Trobe University varies largely depending on the type of university and the degree chosen. More often than not, humanities, arts, and education courses are less expensive than degrees in medical, engineering, or management. Furthermore, students who choose to study at the postgraduate level typically pay higher tuition fees, which again vary depending on the programme chosen. Most universities provide scholarships or financial aid to students in order to help them offset their tuition costs. Students should be aware that additional course fees and incidental expenses may not be included in tuition. On average, international students can expect to pay A$ 42,800 annually, to study in La Trobe University.

Orthoptists are integral members of healthcare teams. Graduates will have the skills to perform clinical, technical, advisory and educational roles. You could pursue a career as an orthoptist in a range of settings, including:

  • Specialist eye clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Community centres
  • Academia/research


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