07 Oct 2013
Final-year students can go online now to apply for registration as an optometrist before they graduate.
Students of an approved program leading to registration as an optometrist can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
The online graduate application service at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website enables final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
It aims to smooth the path from study to work in five simple steps and online applications are being called for now. All applicants are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete the application.
Optometry Board of Australia Chair Colin Waldron said graduates from all approved programs of study could apply for general registration and endorsement for scheduled medicines in one online application. There is no additional endorsement fee payable as the application is made at the same time.
Mr Waldron said a graduate of an approved program of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to become a registered health practitioner.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered health practitioner before they can start work and are urged to go online and apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course,’ Mr Waldron said.
‘It is important that graduates read all the information about what documents must be sent to AHPRA in support of their application.’
There are five simple steps to graduate registration:
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