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Health Sciences (Nursing) (N69)
Pharmacy Science (N73)

For more information, please contact:
Dr Koh Hui Hiang 
School of Health Sciences
Blk 81, Level 7
Tel: 6460 7304
Fax : 6465 2248

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Toll free: 1800-4607333 (admission to full-time courses)
Tel: 6466 6555
Fax: 6468 3207

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 Diploma in Optometry (N83) 

  • Learn to detect, diagnose and manage eye disorders under the guidance of medical doctors and optometrists

  • Hone your research skills through collaborations with industry partners

  • Attend off-campus classes delivered by multi-national eye-care product manufacturers


With aging population and rising concern of eye care in Singapore, there is a demand for optometric practitioners to help diagnose eye disorders and prescribe optical treatments. Our Diploma in Optometry (OPT) trains students for such a role. In addition, our broad-based curriculum enables them to explore opportunities in fields other than health services. Students also get to learn first-hand from industry experts through off-campus classes and internships.

Practice-oriented training & Broad-based 

Medical doctors and practising optometrists will train you to examine eyes, test sight and diagnose visual problems. You will learn to prescribe and dispense spectacles and contact lenses, as well as recommend eye treatments.

Our broad-based curriculum covers topics such as psychology, patient management and optometric retail management. You will also do a research project. These will give you the skills you need to better manage patients, run a retail business or embark on a careerbased in research.

You will also gain real-world practice by attending to real customers at our custom-built Optometry Centre. You will work alongside qualified optometrists to diagnose and manage these patients.

Off-campus classes

Our industry partners such as Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Carl Zeiss, Bausch & Lomb and Essilor Singapore offer off-campus classes to our students, right from the first year. These multi-national eye-care product manufacturers will offer you specialised product training and expose you to the latest in eye-care products and technology.

But that’s not all. Our Optometry students also get to go on a 15-week internship with a retail practice, ophthalmology clinic or eye-care product company.

With the current shortage of optometrists in Singapore, our graduates are very much sought after by ophthalmological clinics, eye-care companies, research centres and hospitals. You could also pursue a career as a researcher with the Singapore Eye Research Institute and DSO National Laboratories.

Alternatively, you could work at any optometry retail outlet, where an Optometry graduate draws an attractive starting salary.

You will be able to pursue related degree programmes at universities such as:
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China)
  • Cardiff University (UK)
  • Aston University (UK)
  • The University of New South Wales

Our graduates also have the option to pursue degrees in arts, social sciences, business administration, communications and new media, and more at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.


To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.:

'O' Level Grade
English Language*1–7 
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1–6

Science (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)


You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

* Candidates with English as a second language must have attained a minimum grade of 6.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency should not apply for this course.

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