Opticianry
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General information

Program code
OPTI
Duration
4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
2 Co-op Work Terms
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2020 Barrie
Winter 2020 Barrie

Program description

In this program,students experience a unique blend of health care and business management. Through theory and practical experience in labs/clinics, students learn to competently dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses and sub-normal vision devices, and learn about basic refraction. Students gain  a strong foundation of ocular sciences in optics and anatomy,  and are provided the expertise necessary to layout and edge lenses for frame insertion, as well as repair, customize and modify eyewear to the patient/clients’ needs. Emphasis is also placed on professional services. Through critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurial skills, students learn to  how to establish and operate a small business, how to use effective sales techniques, and enhance 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.

Career opportunities

Opticians are long-standing members of the health care delivery team in a field for which there is a growing universal need. Registered Opticians may dispense eyewear independently or as part of the eye care team. Consequently, graduates may aspire to operate their own businesses. As recognized professionals under the Regulated Health Professions Act, fulltime career possibilities, including managerial roles, exist in large retail optical chains, independent dispensaries and medical clinics in Ontario and across Canada.

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

Applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.​​

First-year enrolment is limited, satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission details

In order for a student to register for the national 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

Criminal Reference Check - College of Opticians

When registering as a student or intern with the College of Opticians of Ontario, applicants are required by legislation to inform the College of Opticians of Ontario if they have been found guilty of any criminal offence(s) or have been the subject of disciplinary or incapacity proceedings from other governing bodies. This self-reporting requirement protects the public interest by informing the College of findings that may affect an optician’s suitability to practice.

The reporting of offences, findings of guilt and proceedings that occur before and after your initial registration with the College is a non exemptible requirement. All questions in the application section must be answered and full details provided at the time of registration and throughout your membership with the College if applicable. Failure to provide this information could be considered professional misconduct. Only answer ‘Yes’ if any of the following statements apply to your situation:

  • You have been found guilty of a criminal offence related to opticianry.
  • You have been found guilty of a criminal offence, even if you have been pardoned, or were conditionally or absolutely discharged.
  • You have been found guilty of any offences under federal statutes and/or any provincial offences.
  • There has been a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity against you in relation to the opticianry profession outside of Ontario or by any other health profession, whether in Ontario or in any other jurisdiction.

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • HUMN 1000 - Critical Thinking
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1022 - Eyeglass Dispensing Lab 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1023 - Eyeglass Dispensing Theory 1
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1024 - Eyeglass Fabrication and Customization 1
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1025 - Contact Lens Dispensing Lab 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1026 - Contact Lens Dispensing Theory 1
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1027 - Ocular Science for Contact Lenses 1
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1028 - Applied Optics 1
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • BUSI 3007 - Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1029 - Professional Services 1
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1030 - Eyeglass Dispensing Lab 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1031 - Eyeglass Dispensing Theory 2
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1032 - Eyeglass Fabrication and Customization 2
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1033 - Contact Lens Dispensing Lab 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1034 - Contact Lens Dispensing Theory 2
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1035 - Ocular Science for Contact Lenses 2
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1036 - Applied Optics 2
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2030 - Professional Services 2
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2031 - Eyeglass Dispensing, Fabrication and Customization Lab 3
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2032 - Eyeglass Dispensing Theory 3
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2033 - Contact Lens Dispensing Lab 3
    (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • OPTI 2034 - Contact Lens Dispensing Theory 3
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2035 - Ocular Science for Refraction and Low Vision 1
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2036 - Applied Optics for Refraction and Low Vision 1
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2037 - Refraction Lab 1
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2038 - Refraction Theory 1
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2039 - Low Vision Dispensing Theory 1
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2040 - Eyeglass, Dispensing, Fabrication and Customization Lab 4
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2041 - Eyeglass Dispensing Theory 4
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2042 - Contact Lens Dispensing Lab 4
    (Semester 4 / 84 hours)
  • OPTI 2043 - Contact Lens Dispensing Theory 4
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2044 - Ocular Science for Refraction and Low Vision 2
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2045 - Applied Optics for Refraction and Low Vision 2
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2046 - Refraction Lab 2
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2047 - Refraction Theory 2
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2048 - Low Vision Dispensing Theory 2
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • COOP 1047 - Opticianry Work Term 1 (Fall Intake occurs after Semester 2, Winter Intake occurs after Semester 4)
    (500 hours)
  • COOP 2038 - Opticianry Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 4)
    (500 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)