Degree Programme

Studying Orthoptics in Salzburg

The Orthoptics degree programme guarantees professional authorisation to legally practice as an orthoptist. Orthoptists are experts in the field of detecting and treating functional eye diseases and their consequences.

They take care of people from all age groups, who suffer from vision disorders, squints, amblyopia and ocular motility disorders, nystagmus and visual impairment.

By using preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative measures under a doctor’s order, orthoptists influence the negative impacts on the visual system and the quality of life of the person suffering from them.

The education concept is based on sound vocational training with high decision-making competence, which is supported by scientific, socio-communicative and “problem solving competencies”. The aim is to cultivate an assured vocational competence, thus developing a reflective intern.

Vocational training is given in SALK – non-profit clinics in Salzburg (Salzburger Landeskliniken) – and through external internship positions throughout Austria.

Student requirements:

  • interest in medicine and natural sciences
  • well-developed communicative and social competence
  • sensitivity
  • ability to work in a team
  • ability to reflect
  • power of observation
  • good eyesight
  • flexibility and mobility
  • basic knowledge of the IT field


Facts Bachelor

Study:full-time
Degree:Bachelor of Science in Healths Studies (BSc)
Duration:6 semesters
Study places per year:   12 every 3 years (next start: 2015/16)
Location:Campus Urstein, SALK
Language of instruction:German
Internship:approx. 1.165 hours alongside studies
(1st to 6th semester, some in blockform)
Tuition:tuition fee € 363,- per semester +
approx. € 18.50 student union fee per semester

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