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Health, Wellness and Sciences

Opticianry

General information

Program code
OPTI
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Co-op
Yes
Campuses

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2016 Barrie
Winter 2017 Barrie

The Opticianry program is unique in that it offers a blend of health care and business management. The theory and practical experience in labs/clinics teaches students to competently dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses and sub-normal vision devices. The program also focuses on the expertise necessary to surface, fabricate, repair, customize and modify eyewear to the patient/clients’ needs. Emphasis is also placed on entrepreneurship by teaching how to establish and operate a small business, how to use effective sales techniques as well as enhancing communication and interpersonal skills in order to be successful in the optical retail environment.

Upon successful completion of the academic and co-operative education semesters, students are eligible to write the national registration examinations which allow them, if successful to practice in Canada as a Registered Optician.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U) OR Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C or U) Chemistry OR Grade 11 or 12 (U), or Grade 12 (C) Physics

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus any Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C) or any Grade 12 University Mathematics; plus any one of Grade 11 College Biology or 11 or 12 University Biology (SBI3C, SBI4U, SBI3U) OR Grade 11 University or Grade 12 College or University Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C, SCH4U), OR Grade 11 or 12 University or 12 College Physics (SPH4C, SPH3U, SPH4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics, and biology or chemistry or physics courses taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*
  • Equivalent courses in English and mathematics, and biology or chemistry or physics taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and mathematics, and biology or chemistry or physics
  • Mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology or chemistry or physics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology or chemistry or physics
  • English, Literature or Communication and mathematics credit courses and most biology or chemistry or physics credit courses from accredited colleges/universities
  • If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology or chemistry or physics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Selection process

Selection is based on admission requirements and academic grades.

Pathways

View the Opticianry articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

Courses

Mandatory Courses

BUSI3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
OPTI1009 Eyeglass Fabrication and Lens Design 1 Lab
OPTI1010 Contact Lens Dispensing 1 Theory
OPTI1011 Contact Lens Instrumentation Lab
OPTI1012 Theoretical Optics
OPTI1013 Basic Eyeglass Dispensing Theory
OPTI1014 Basic Eyeglass Dispensing Lab
OPTI1015 Dispensing Customer Service
OPTI1016 Applied Optics
OPTI1017 Eyeglass Fabrication and Lens Design 2 Lab
OPTI1018 Contact Lens Dispensing 2 Theory
OPTI1019 Contact Lens Basic Applications
OPTI1020 Intermediate Eyeglass Dispensing Theory
OPTI1021 Intermediate Eyeglass Dispensing Lab
OPTI2014 The Psychology of Eyeglass Dispensing Theory
OPTI2015 Advanced Eyeglass Lab
OPTI2016 Contact Lens Dispensing Optics
OPTI2017 Contact Lens Intermediate Applications
OPTI2018 Eyeglass Fabrication 3
OPTI2019 Eyeglass Customization 1 Lab
OPTI2020 Ocular Science 1
ENTR2009 Entrepreneurship and Small Business
OPTI2021 Comprehensive Eyeglass Theory
OPTI2022 Comprehensive Eyeglass Lab
OPTI2023 Advanced Contact Lens Dispensing Theory
OPTI2024 Contact Lens Advanced Applications
OPTI2025 Eyeglass Customization 2 Lab
OPTI2026 Ocular Science 2
OPTI2027 Advanced Optics
OPTI2028 Eyeglass Fabrication 4 Lab
OPTI2029 Optical Selected Topics

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Co-op Work Terms

COOP1047 Opticianry Work Term 1
COOP2038 Opticianry Work Term 2

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