Opticianry Become a valuable member of the eye health team. Learn in our nationally accredited state-of-the-art facility. Over 95% job placement.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 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.

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.


View the Opticianry articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


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