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Accreditation

The aim of the accreditation process is to assess an optometry program against OCANZ Standards (see links to Standards below). A program’s accreditation status is subject to; any conditions the program has on its accreditation status being appropriately completed, there being no major changes to the program and to the satisfactory submission of annual reports by the School.

The list of programs accredited by OCANZ together with any conditions on accreditation is available here.

Once accreditation is granted by OCANZ, the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) and the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand (ODOB) must approve the decision before the program becomes an approved program of study for the purpose of registration in Australia and New Zealand.

View a list of OBA approved programs >>

View a list of ODOB prescribed qualifications >>


Accreditation Standards

The existing standards are:

Accreditation Manual Part 1 – Process and Procedures
Accreditation Manual for Postgraduate Programs of Study in Ocular Therapeutics Part 2 – Standards
Accreditation Standards and Evidence Guide for Entry-Level Optometry Programs

The proposed standards are:

New standards for programs of study in Ocular Therapeutics have been approved to take effect from 1 January 2018.
They will replace the existing standards for these programs on that date.

 

Additional links

Supplementary Information

Supplementary Information - Content related to working as an Optometrist in Australia and New Zealand (not examined)

Accredited Programs of Study

Education Provider: Australian College of Optometry
Program Type: Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2021
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider: Deakin University
Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 3.5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 31/07/2019
Conditions
  1. Deakin must provide a consolidated report as well as analysis and commentary on the number and diversity of patients seen by the students, encompassing all areas of clinical practice including general examinations, therapeutics, and all specialist areas at the mid-point of the CRP (covering start of CRP to February) and at the end of the CRP (covering March to end of CRP) for 2017 and 2018. These reports must also outline how any failure of the clinical residential placement program to meet the clinical training needs of particular students has been remediated.
  2. The 2017 Annual Report must include a schedule of negotiation with health facilities that have taken place until the end of 2017 and indicate how future agreements will enable students to have participative experiences in special clinical areas (including low vision, contact lenses and paediatrics).
  3. The 2017 Annual Report must include details on numbers of new/repeat/discontinued CRP practices and supervisors and comments on contingency planning for the sustainability of the CRP program should there be a reduction in returning CRP practices or supervisor numbers.
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider: Flinders University
Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Vision Sciences) / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 31/12/2023
Conditions
  1. The 2017 Annual Report must include a report on how understaffing in the program is being redressed
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider: Queensland University of Technology
Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science & Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2022
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider: Queensland University of Technology
Program Type: Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 30/06/2023
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider: University of Auckland
Program Type: Bachelor Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2025
Conditions

   1a) The 2018 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part III (Year 3) of the program of study

     b) The 2019 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part IV (Year 4) of the program of study

     c) The 2020 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part V (Year 5) of the program of study

  1. The 2019 Annual Report must provide an account of the outcomes of the strategies to continue to ensure and, where appropriate, to increase the quantity and diversity of clinical experiences offered to students, noting in particular the pending closure of Tamaki clinic.
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider: University of Melbourne
Program Type: Masters Degree
Program Length: 4 years
Qualification: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2023
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider: University of New South Wales
Program Type: Double Bachelor Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Optometry (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2019
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider: University of New South Wales
Program Type: Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2024
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download