What are prerequisite subjects?
At the University of Melbourne the term subject is used to refer to a unit of study and this terminology is used when referring to prerequisites. Other terms in use are course / module / class / unit / paper.
A prerequisite subject is a subject or sequence of subjects which must be completed before entering a program of study. Many programs at the University of Melbourne have prerequisites that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The selection requirements for the program you are interested in will normally specify these requirements.
The Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Physiotherapy and Doctor of Optometry have very specific prerequisites. For all four programs, the prerequisites must have been completed within ten years prior to commencing.
If you have not completed the subjects at the time you apply, you may still submit an application if you provide evidence of enrolment in approved subjects in the second half of the year. If you receive an offer, you will need to provide evidence of completion.
- Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) require prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology (one subject of each) taught at the second-year level, or equivalent, with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the DDS. For example, if applying for the 2022 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2012 onwards.
The second-year level University of Melbourne subjects that meet the prerequisites and that we use to assess subjects from other universities and check for equivalent content are:
- Doctor of Physiotherapy
The Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) requires prerequisite subjects in human anatomy and in human physiology (one subject of each), with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the DPT. For example, if applying for the 2022 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2012 onwards.
Prerequisite subjects should provide the student with an overview of human structure and function and cover the terminology of:
- topographic anatomy
- the principles related to key anatomical structures skin, fascia and skeletal muscles, bones and joints, vessels, nerves and viscera
- the organisation of the body into regions and the anatomy of the major organ systems.
Prerequisite subjects should cover the basic principles of human physiology and may include:
- basic cellular function
- systems physiology including respiratory and cardiovascular, as well as responses to stress and exercise.
- Doctor of Optometry
The Doctor of Optometry (OD) requires three subjects at level 2 or level 3 (or equivalent) from one or more relevant biological science disciplines with subjects to have been completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Optometry. For example, if applying for the 2022 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2012 onwards.
- How do you assess subjects from other universities?
For the DPT please refer to the Doctor of Physiotherapy guidelines
For the OD please refer to the Doctor of Optometry guidelines
For the DDS we compare your subjects to the recommended subjects at the University of Melbourne using the following criteria:
Year level: 2nd year equivalent
Lecture program: The number and content of the lectures (in the gross anatomy component of an integrated course) must be equivalent to ANAT20006 Principles of Human Structure
Labs: There must be a lab component to the course which includes human cadaveric material as a resource.
Text book: Standard human anatomy texts should be the prescribed resource
ANAT20006: Principles of Human Structure overview
This subject covers the terminology of topographic anatomy; the principles related to key anatomical structures: skin, fascia and skeletal muscles, bones and joints, vessels, nerves and viscera; the organisation of the body into regions and the anatomy of the major organ systems. The material is presented in 36 x 1hour lectures, 4 x 2hour wet labs and 8 Anatomy-Directed-Self-Learning. The university handbook has more information.
Year level: 2nd year equivalent
Approved prerequisite subjects would be deemed equivalent BCMB20002 based on the following criteria:
Lecture program: The number and content of the lectures must be equivalent to BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
BCMB20002: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology overview:
30 x 1 hour lectures or more (a semester). The content must build on strong chemistry prerequisites to cover biochemical structures of protein, polysaccharides and nucleic acids dealing with monomeric units and the biological polymers. The function of enzymes and DNA functions should be covered. Metabolism topics should include glycolysis, pentose phosphate, Krebs cycle and oxidative phoshorylation. The university handbook has further information.
Labs: There is no specific requirement for a lab component
Text book: A standard biochemistry text should be the prescribed (e.g. Stryer or Lehninger).
Year level: 2nd year equivalent
Lecture program: The number and content of the lectures (in the physiology component of an integrated course) must be equivalent to PHYS20008 Human Physiology.
Text book: The recommended text for this unit is D. Silverthorn “Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach”.
PHYS20008: Human Physiology overview
Physiology is the study of the normal functioning of living organisms. The 2nd year course at Melbourne focuses on neuro-endocrine control mechanisms and homeostasis in humans, with specific content on basic mechanisms of excitable tissues, nerve-nerve and nerve-tissue communication, autonomic nervous system, skeletal muscle, and the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Interactive learning is emphasized in lectures (34 in total) and self-directed, computer-assisted tutorials (6). The university handbook has further information.
- List of assessed subjects
We have assessed a large number of subjects from Australian and international institutions. If the subjects you have studied are not included in the lists below, please submit the assessment form. We are happy to assess combinations of subjects if you feel that you have covered the required content.
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Subjects that have been assessed from Australian, New Zealand and international institutions are available on the following PDF files:
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Please first check the files above as Anatomy and Physiology subjects approved for the MD and DDS are automatically approved for the DPT. The following PDF file has additional subjects assessed for the DPT:
Doctor of Optometry
Please first check the list of approved and not approved subjects at Doctor of Optometry entry requirements. If you need to get your subjects assessed please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include a syllabus of the subjects you want assessed.
- Do I have to have my subjects assessed before applying for a program of study?
If your subjects have not been previously assessed, we strongly recommend having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying for a program of study. The assessment process may be lengthy, so we recommend having your subjects assessed at least a month in advance of applying.
Prospective domestic applicants for the DDS or DPT are encouraged to submit documentation through the prerequisite assessment form by the first week of May. This will ensure you are advised of the outcome before the closing date for applications. Submissions received after this date will still be processed and the outcome issued within three weeks of submission
- Submit subjects for assessment
Doctor of Optometry
Firstly please go to the list of assessed subjects to see if your subjects have already been assessed. If you need to get your subjects assessed please email email@example.com and include a syllabus of the subjects you want assessed.
Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Physiotherapy
Firstly please go to the list of assessed subjects to see if your subjects have already been assessed. If the subjects have not yet been assessed, please submit the assessment form.
Submit subjects for assessment
- I didn’t complete an approved subject as part of my degree, what can I do?
You must complete an approved subject in order to be eligible to apply for admission, no exemptions will be granted, but that subject does not have to be part of a degree (though it must be passed). Most universities have a program enabling you to take subjects through single enrolment, non-degree or unclassified study. At the University of Melbourne this is called the Community Access Program (CAP). The three recommended University of Melbourne prerequisite subjects, ANAT20006, PHYS20008 and BCMB20002, are available via CAP, however please note that a quota applies to ANAT20006: Principles of Human Structure.
Please remember that other universities may offer single subject enrolments, it is not mandatory that you complete CAP subjects at the University of Melbourne.
Prospective applicants for the DDS or DPT must show evidence that they have completed or are enrolled in the approved prerequisites at the time of application.
International students should note that the ability to enrol in a CAP subject may be conditional on you meeting visa requirements. Please refer to CAP applications for information.