Optician

The Oulton College Optician Diploma Program will prepare you for a dynamic career assisting patients with their vision care. Opticians are formally trained vision care practitioners who prepare and dispense optical aids by using the prescriptions of Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. By completing our Optician Program, you will be able to work with other health care professionals, ensuring that your clients’ vision needs are met by assisting in the selection of their frames, fitting, adjusting and adapting their glasses, contact lenses, or special vision devices.

Students will have plenty of opportunities to practice skills learned in class on site and in clinical in a real-life setting. Clinical practice will also be provided in the industry during Clinical placements so that students can have the opportunity to integrate into a team and connect with prospective employers.

 This 2-year program ends with the writing of the National Examination. Success on this exam makes you a licensable dual optician.

Our Optician Program will provide hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Eyeglass Dispensing: lab safety, operation and use of equipment used for the fabrication of spectacles.
  • Clinical Practice: simulated and real life hands-on practice.
  • Contact Lens: principles of contact lens assessment, design, fabrication and fitting.
  • Anatomy and Physiology: anatomy and physiology of the eye as it relates to the overall assessment of the client.
  • Ocular Science: structures of the eye and associated pathologies, as well as the physiological processes related to vision.
  • Communications: communication techniques and record keeping required to be successful in the workplace.
  • Business Training: overview of principles for operating a retail vision care business.

If you want to be part of a growing field, have a professional demeanor and are interested in helping patients access quality vision care, then our Optician Program may be just the program for you..

Term (Year 1): September - Aug
Term (Year 2): September - May

Practicum: 8 weeks (first year), 4 weeks (second year)

Clinical: 3 weeks (first year)

Career Choices

Find rewarding careers in private clinics and vision care centres. 

  • Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office
  • Vision Care Centres
  • Operate your own Dispensing Business
  • Large Retail Eyewear Chains
  • Sales Representative for Frame and Lens Distributors

You Will Learn

  • The science behind eye function and vision correction
  • Techniques for dispensing subnormal vision devices, contact lenses and eye glasses
  • Overview of business training for operating a retail business

 

You Will Learn

  • The science behind eye function and vision correction
  • Techniques for dispensing subnormal vision devices, contact lenses and eye glasses
  • Overview of business training for operating a retail business

Course Descriptions

Dispensing Theory I

This introductory course to dispensing will look at the history of eye glasses and their design. It will also include an introduction to the instruments used in a dispensary and how they work.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab I

This is a practical application course, putting to use the knowledge learned in Dispensing Theory I and an introduction to the assembly of spectacles.

Contact Lens Theory I

This introductory theory course will give the student a basic knowledge of the history of contact lenses, their design, materials and contact lens terminology. Included is optics specific to contact lens fitting. Instrumentation used for fitting and health assessment will be introduced.

Contact Lens Lab I

This is an introductory class that will familiarize students with measurement taking using a keratometer, and verify parameters and the condition of hard and soft contact lenses as well as an introduction to the slit-lamp and its use.

Ocular Science I

This is an introduction to physical optics. Lens types, concepts and calculations used for lens fabrication will be explored.

Optics I

This is an introduction to physical optics. Lens types, concepts and calculations used for lens fabrication will be explored.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

This is a communications course focusing on verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Cross cultural differences and how to relate to them will be discussed in this course as well.

Dispensing Theory II

In this dispensing theory course, the proper methods for frame adjustments and the tools used to adjust them will be studied. Rx interpretation and the relationship between frame, lens and Rx selection will be introduced.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab II

This is a hands on course of tasks discussed in dispensing theory and a continuation of fabrication of spectacles along with instruction on use of tools and measuring devices found in an on-site lab.

Contact Lens Theory II

This course continues the students' learning of fitting procedures for hard and soft contact lenses. It will also give the student an understanding of the different illuminations performed using a slit-lamp. Fitting assessment, wear schedules, and indicators for contact lens wear are studied as well.

Contact Lens Lab II

This course will focus on the slit-lam and its illuminations. Students will also learn to fit hard spherical and back toric lenses as well as soft lens fitting for a spherical lens.

Ocular Science II

This course is a continuation of the understanding of anatomy and physiology of the eye and its surrounding area. Systemic disease that affects the eye will also be explored.

Optics II

This course will look at the theory of reflection and refraction. Other topics will include simple optical systems and lens image formation.

Standards of Practice I

This course will look at ethics, legislation, privacy, consent and licensing. Workplace safety regarding current procedures for infectious disease control and prevention are also reviewed.

Customer Service

This course will focus on customer service skills and sensitivity training with respect to diversity and culture. Seminars and role play will be a large part of this course.

Clinic

This course will have two components. The first is in college, at the dispensary supervised by the Instructors, and the second will be in a work place supervised by Licensed Opticians, Optometrist or Ophthalmologists. Logs will be kept of fitting and skills learnt.

Dispensing Theory III

The third in our courses on dispensing eyewear will focus on multi-focal and task specific lens designs. We will look at aphakia and special considerations for dispensing to the aphakic eye. How lenses are ground generated will also be studied.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab III

This course complements dispensing theory III and continues to have the student practice frame adjustments and measurements for task specific glasses. Continued lab and spectacle assembly are practiced to better the student in a finishing lab.

Contact Lens Theory III

This continuation of the two prior contact lens theory courses continues to study advanced hard and soft lens design and fitting. The student will also study complications due to contact lens wear, special lens fitting considerations and modifications with respect to contact lenses.

Contact Lens Lab III

This lab course compliments Contact Lens Theory III. Measurements of contact lens parameters and power, tolerances accepted for manufacturing, specialty lenses for conditions such as Keratoconus and bi-toric hard lens fitting will be examined.

Ocular Science III

This course continues to examine anatomy and physiology of the eye and its surrounding area. Muscles of the eye both internal and external along with their function and dysfunctions will be studied.

Optics III

This course will study the principles and calculations used to design and order a patient/clients contact lenses based on power and measurements and look at aberrations with regards to contact lenses.

Dispensing Theory IV

In this course, low vision and methods for enabling use of what vision is available will be studied. Also being studied will be anisometripia and methods of correction for this condition.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab IV

This course will be a review of all aspects discussed regarding dispensing and lab work. A large amount of the focus will be in the clinic.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math Foundations Level* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 English* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics* is considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

    *Level II or University Prepartory courses are required
    Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
    For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Optician

The Oulton College Optician Diploma Program will prepare you for a dynamic career assisting patients with their vision care. Opticians are formally trained vision care practitioners who prepare and dispense optical aids by using the prescriptions of Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. By completing our Optician Program, you will be able to work with other health care professionals, ensuring that your clients’ vision needs are met by assisting in the selection of their frames, fitting, adjusting and adapting their glasses, contact lenses, or special vision devices.

Students will have plenty of opportunities to practice skills learned in class on site and in clinical in a real-life setting. Clinical practice will also be provided in the industry during Clinical placements so that students can have the opportunity to integrate into a team and connect with prospective employers.

 This 2-year program ends with the writing of the National Examination. Success on this exam makes you a licensable dual optician.

Our Optician Program will provide hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Eyeglass Dispensing: lab safety, operation and use of equipment used for the fabrication of spectacles.
  • Clinical Practice: simulated and real life hands-on practice.
  • Contact Lens: principles of contact lens assessment, design, fabrication and fitting.
  • Anatomy and Physiology: anatomy and physiology of the eye as it relates to the overall assessment of the client.
  • Ocular Science: structures of the eye and associated pathologies, as well as the physiological processes related to vision.
  • Communications: communication techniques and record keeping required to be successful in the workplace.
  • Business Training: overview of principles for operating a retail vision care business.

If you want to be part of a growing field, have a professional demeanor and are interested in helping patients access quality vision care, then our Optician Program may be just the program for you..

Term (Year 1): September - Aug
Term (Year 2): September - May

Practicum: 8 weeks (first year), 4 weeks (second year)

Clinical: 3 weeks (first year)

Career Choices

Career Choices

Find rewarding careers in private clinics and vision care centres. 

  • Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office
  • Vision Care Centres
  • Operate your own Dispensing Business
  • Large Retail Eyewear Chains
  • Sales Representative for Frame and Lens Distributors

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • The science behind eye function and vision correction
  • Techniques for dispensing subnormal vision devices, contact lenses and eye glasses
  • Overview of business training for operating a retail business

 

You Will Learn

  • The science behind eye function and vision correction
  • Techniques for dispensing subnormal vision devices, contact lenses and eye glasses
  • Overview of business training for operating a retail business

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Dispensing Theory I

This introductory course to dispensing will look at the history of eye glasses and their design. It will also include an introduction to the instruments used in a dispensary and how they work.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab I

This is a practical application course, putting to use the knowledge learned in Dispensing Theory I and an introduction to the assembly of spectacles.

Contact Lens Theory I

This introductory theory course will give the student a basic knowledge of the history of contact lenses, their design, materials and contact lens terminology. Included is optics specific to contact lens fitting. Instrumentation used for fitting and health assessment will be introduced.

Contact Lens Lab I

This is an introductory class that will familiarize students with measurement taking using a keratometer, and verify parameters and the condition of hard and soft contact lenses as well as an introduction to the slit-lamp and its use.

Ocular Science I

This is an introduction to physical optics. Lens types, concepts and calculations used for lens fabrication will be explored.

Optics I

This is an introduction to physical optics. Lens types, concepts and calculations used for lens fabrication will be explored.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

This is a communications course focusing on verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Cross cultural differences and how to relate to them will be discussed in this course as well.

Dispensing Theory II

In this dispensing theory course, the proper methods for frame adjustments and the tools used to adjust them will be studied. Rx interpretation and the relationship between frame, lens and Rx selection will be introduced.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab II

This is a hands on course of tasks discussed in dispensing theory and a continuation of fabrication of spectacles along with instruction on use of tools and measuring devices found in an on-site lab.

Contact Lens Theory II

This course continues the students' learning of fitting procedures for hard and soft contact lenses. It will also give the student an understanding of the different illuminations performed using a slit-lamp. Fitting assessment, wear schedules, and indicators for contact lens wear are studied as well.

Contact Lens Lab II

This course will focus on the slit-lam and its illuminations. Students will also learn to fit hard spherical and back toric lenses as well as soft lens fitting for a spherical lens.

Ocular Science II

This course is a continuation of the understanding of anatomy and physiology of the eye and its surrounding area. Systemic disease that affects the eye will also be explored.

Optics II

This course will look at the theory of reflection and refraction. Other topics will include simple optical systems and lens image formation.

Standards of Practice I

This course will look at ethics, legislation, privacy, consent and licensing. Workplace safety regarding current procedures for infectious disease control and prevention are also reviewed.

Customer Service

This course will focus on customer service skills and sensitivity training with respect to diversity and culture. Seminars and role play will be a large part of this course.

Clinic

This course will have two components. The first is in college, at the dispensary supervised by the Instructors, and the second will be in a work place supervised by Licensed Opticians, Optometrist or Ophthalmologists. Logs will be kept of fitting and skills learnt.

Dispensing Theory III

The third in our courses on dispensing eyewear will focus on multi-focal and task specific lens designs. We will look at aphakia and special considerations for dispensing to the aphakic eye. How lenses are ground generated will also be studied.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab III

This course complements dispensing theory III and continues to have the student practice frame adjustments and measurements for task specific glasses. Continued lab and spectacle assembly are practiced to better the student in a finishing lab.

Contact Lens Theory III

This continuation of the two prior contact lens theory courses continues to study advanced hard and soft lens design and fitting. The student will also study complications due to contact lens wear, special lens fitting considerations and modifications with respect to contact lenses.

Contact Lens Lab III

This lab course compliments Contact Lens Theory III. Measurements of contact lens parameters and power, tolerances accepted for manufacturing, specialty lenses for conditions such as Keratoconus and bi-toric hard lens fitting will be examined.

Ocular Science III

This course continues to examine anatomy and physiology of the eye and its surrounding area. Muscles of the eye both internal and external along with their function and dysfunctions will be studied.

Optics III

This course will study the principles and calculations used to design and order a patient/clients contact lenses based on power and measurements and look at aberrations with regards to contact lenses.

Dispensing Theory IV

In this course, low vision and methods for enabling use of what vision is available will be studied. Also being studied will be anisometripia and methods of correction for this condition.

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab IV

This course will be a review of all aspects discussed regarding dispensing and lab work. A large amount of the focus will be in the clinic.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math Foundations Level* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 English* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics* is considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

    *Level II or University Prepartory courses are required
    Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
    For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

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