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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 2019 Barrie
Winter 2019 Barrie

Program description

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.

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, many aspire to operate their own businesses. As recognized professionals under the Regulated Health Professions Act, career possibilities exist in large retail optical chains, independent dispensaries and medical clinics in Ontario and across Canada. Graduates obtain full time positions readily, and often move into managerial roles.

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

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/

Selection Requirements

Selection is based on admission requirements and academic grades.

Admission details

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.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • BUSI 3007 - Business Principles for the Regulated Professional (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1009 - Eyeglass Fabrication and Lens Design 1 Lab (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • OPTI 1010 - Contact Lens Dispensing 1 Theory (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1011 - Contact Lens Instrumentation Lab (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 1012 - Theoretical Optics (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1013 - Basic Eyeglass Dispensing Theory (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 1014 - Basic Eyeglass Dispensing Lab (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2015 - Advanced Eyeglass Lab (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2016 - Contact Lens Dispensing Optics (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2017 - Contact Lens Intermediate Applications (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • OPTI 2018 - Eyeglass Fabrication 3 (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2019 - Eyeglass Customization 1 Lab (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2020 - Ocular Science 1 (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2021 - Comprehensive Eyeglass Theory (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • ENTR 2009 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2014 - The Psychology of Eyeglass Dispensing Theory (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2015 - Advanced Eyeglass Lab (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2016 - Contact Lens Dispensing Optics (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2017 - Contact Lens Intermediate Applications (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • OPTI 2018 - Eyeglass Fabrication 3 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2019 - Eyeglass Customization 1 Lab (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2020 - Ocular Science 1 (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2021 - Comprehensive Eyeglass Theory (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2022 - Comprehensive Eyeglass Lab (Semester 4 / 56 hours)
  • OPTI 2023 - Advanced Contact Lens Dispensing Theory (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2024 - Contact Lens Advanced Applications (Semester 4 / 56 hours)
  • OPTI 2025 - Eyeglass Customization 2 Lab (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2026 - Ocular Science 2 (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2027 - Advanced Optics (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • OPTI 2028 - Eyeglass Fabrication 4 Lab (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • OPTI 2029 - Optical Selected Topics (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • Fall Intake occurs after Semester 2, Winter Intake occurs after Semester 4 (Semester 4 / 500 hours)
  • occurs after Semester 4 (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)