UNSW ‘not considering a 7-year optometry programme’

Following speculation and rumour that the UNSW was to introduce a seven-year programme, along the lines of that at The University of Melbourne, Insight contacted Prof Stapleton for comment who advised, I can definitely say we are not considering a seven-year program. In order to be considered for entry to The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Optometry degree, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree, or equivalent; and three subjects at level 2 or level 3 (or equivalent) from one or more relevant biological science disciplines; and one of either the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test), the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) or the OAT (Optometry Admission Test – USA), no more than two years before the date of commencent of the Doctor of Optometry.However, meeting these requirents does not guarantee selection and in ranking applications, the selection committee will consider prior acadic performance and the GAMSAT or MCAT or OAT.According to the University of Melbourne’s website, the fee for the four-year DO course for domestic students is $163,578, with the typical course fee for 2016 being $37,952 per year.

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