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Opticianry (Co-op)

Opticianry (Co-op) Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

What is Opticianry (Co-op)?

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.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
OPTI
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Winter - Barrie

Contact:

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.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • provide effective optical care that meets the National professional standards and requirements for registration as a licenced Optician


  • competently perform all aspects of dispensing eyewear including vision screening, basic refraction, contact lenses and low vision devices


  • educate and advocate effectively by promoting the benefits of ocular health and eye safety for a patient/client


  • communicate and collaborate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary eyecare team using professional judgment and critical thinking


  • embrace the principle of life-long learning, continuing education and professional development and apply the new knowledge to daily practice


  • successfully function in a diverse optical environment which could include the traditional retail model, medical clinical settings, sales, self- employment and business management


  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession


  • apply basic entrepreneurial procedures suitable for an owner operated small business or within a corporate environment.

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Barrie

Semester 1 | Semester 2 | Work Term 1 | Semester 3 | Semester 4

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Work Term 2

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Summer

2018

Winter Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Work Term 1 | Work Term 2

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

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

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.

31 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

2 Co-op Work Terms

Selection is based on admission requirements and academic grades.

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

BUSI3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
ENTR2009 Entrepreneurship and Small Business
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
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

COOP1015 Opticianry Work Term 1
COOP2013 Opticianry Work Term 2

In addition to the mandatory course work, comprehensive exams will be offered in order to prepare students for their National Exams. The grades given in each section will be either a successful or unsuccessful along with valuable feedback prior to the National Exams. These series of examinations are not graduation requirements.

In order for a student to register for the comprehensive examinations the students must have:

- successfully completed all academic semesters

- successfully completed two co-operative work terms

- successfully completed the practice requirements including:

- 1000 hours of supervised dispensing experience

- 250 spectacle fittings broken down into the specific areas

- 15 soft contact lens fittings

- 5 rigid lens fittings

Comprehensive Exams

OPTX0011 Comprehensive Written Examination

OPTX0012 Comprehensive Pathology Examination

OPTX0013 Comprehensive Eyeglass Examination

OPTX0014 Comprehensive Contact Lens Examination

Note: Winter Intake students may be able to complete their first work term while in class, allowing them to complete their program and write the Comprehensive Exams at the same time as the Fall intake; contact Program Coordinator for further details.

Dine in the dark at Georgian Dining Room

Did you know that when one of your senses is dimmed, your other senses become heightened? Community members were invited to test this out at “Dine in the Dark,” an initiative of the Georgian College Optical Student Council. Read more...

A beaming Rachel Hill Campbell receives her award from Transitions Optical

Rachel Hill Campbell

Owner/Licensed Optician, Personal Optical

Program:

Opticianry (formerly Dispensing Optician)

Year:

1994


Immediately after graduating from Georgian, Rachel started working for a large optical chain and began managing a location within the first year. She had the opportunity to work with a smaller chain to gain knowledge and experience in both environments. Nine years ago, after learning additional business aspects, she felt confident enough to start her own company. Read more...

Dine in the dark at Georgian Dining Room

Did you know that when one of your senses is dimmed, your other senses become heightened? Community members were invited to test this out at “Dine in the Dark,” an initiative of the Georgian College Optical Student Council. Read more...

a happy graduate, wearing her convocation gown, holds her son.

Convocation baby

Opticianry graduate Whitney Marshall of Orillia brought a special guest with her to convocation at the Barrie Campus on Oct. 21 – her two-week-old son, Paul Davis. Paul had also accompanied his mom when she wrote her national opticianry certification exam. Read more...

Group holds up large cheque for $250,000

Lions Club lends roaring support for Opticianry students

The Barrie Lions Club and Georgian College Opticianry students want everyone to see more clearly. That’s why a group of Lions recently visited the Georgian College Optical clinic in the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness to present the final payment in its $250,000 pledge. Read more...

A beaming Rachel Hill Campbell receives her award from Transitions Optical

Rachel Hill Campbell

Owner/Licensed Optician, Personal Optical

Program:

Opticianry (formerly Dispensing Optician)

Year:

1994


Immediately after graduating from Georgian, Rachel started working for a large optical chain and began managing a location within the first year. She had the opportunity to work with a smaller chain to gain knowledge and experience in both environments. Nine years ago, after learning additional business aspects, she felt confident enough to start her own company. Read more...

Picture of Amber Fournier

Amber Fournier

Loblaw Optical, Northern Low Vision Care

Program:

Opticianry

Year:

2005


Amber is passionate about helping people achieve their best possible vision. In addition to her role as managing optician at Loblaw Optical in Sudbury, she runs a mobile business called Northern Low Vision Care to support seniors who can’t leave their homes. She also offers vision screenings in both official languages for children in local schools. Read more...

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