Optician

You are:

  • Professional
  • Driven & ambitious
  • Patient & caring
  • A natural salesperson
  • Entrepreneurial

What is an optician?

Opticians are vision care practitioners who prepare and sell glasses, contacts, and other vision aids by using the prescriptions of Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. Opticians don’t diagnose vision issues, and they don’t handle the manufacturing of glasses and frames. They are the coolest mix of science and fashion - helping clients live their best lives with the perfect vision aids and accessories.

How is the course broken down? What will I learn?

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

  • 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.
  • Ocular Science: anatomy and physiology of the eye, structures of the eye and associated pathologies, as well as the physiological processes related to vision.
  • Communications and Professionalism: communication techniques and professional interaction between various eye care practitioners, support staff and clients
  • Business and Sales: overview of principles for operating a retail vision care business and selling products to clients

That sounds complex…will I get to practice before jumping in?

As with every course at Oulton, you’ll be trained as well as being educated. You will have plenty of opportunities to practice the skills you learn in class, both on site and in practicums and clinical.

We build your skill and your confidence in our amazing on-site clinic, and then set you up with two practicums plus one clinical where you will practice and work within a team while also getting to know future employers. In your first year, you’ll have a full course load plus an 8 week practicum and a three week clinical. In your second year, you’ll finish off with a 4 week practicum and the opportunity to write the National Exam to become either a licensed optician or dual licensed in contacts and dispensing.

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 

The history of eye glasses and their design is explored along with proper methods and tools used for frame adjustments. Interpretation of prescriptions and the relationship between frame, lens and prescription selection will be introduced. As we advance, task specific lens designs, special dispensing considerations and low vision will be covered.  

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab

This is a practical application based on the knowledge from Dispensing Theory.  Instruction is given on the assembly of spectacles, use of tools and measuring devices.  Students practice frame adjustments and measurements for spectacles and task specific glasses. 

Contact Lens Theory

This course covers the history of contact lenses, their design, optical theory, materials and contact lens terminology. Instrumentation and fitting procedures for both hard and soft contact lenses and health assessment will be introduced.  Fitting assessments, wear schedules, and indicators for contact lens wear are studied.  Complications due to contact lens wear, special lens fitting considerations and modifications are also covered.

Contact Lens Lab

This is the practical application of Contact Lens Theory.  Measurements using a keratometer, verification of parameters and the condition of hard and soft contact lenses as well as an introduction to the slit-lamp and its use.   Manufacturing tolerances and specialty lenses will be examined.

Ocular Science

This course examines the 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

This is an introduction to physical optics. Lens types, concepts and calculations used for lens fabrication will be explored.  The theory of reflection and refraction, simple optical systems and lens image formation are studied.

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.

Professionalism

In this course, students will learn about resume building and interview skills. They will learn how to use social media as a means of communication in the business word. The professional interaction between the different eye care practitioners and support staff will also be a major focus. Patient/ client interaction will be discussed in regards to patient education and exchange of information.

Sales and Clinical Preparation

This course will focus on customer service and sales skills as well as techniques in approaching optical clients during the sales process.

In-House Clinic and Preceptorship

This course will have two components. The In-House Clinic takes place at the college, at the dispensary supervised by instructors.  The preceptorship takes place at an optical/work place supervised by Licensed Opticians, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. Logs will be kept of fitting and skills learned. 

Business Entrepreneurship

This is a small business course that will teach students basic business practices while enabling them to prepare their own business plan. This will be accomplished through a mixture of lectures, discussion, case scenarios and self-directed readings.

Standards of Practice

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

Community Engagement

During this weekly community engagement, topics for journaling will come from activities and situations which arise during the community engagement as a Vision Mate.  Students are required to keep a journal of daily experiences and self-reflect on their progress. Journals will periodically be submitted for instructor review and feedback. This course provides a regular forum for transfer of pertinent information among students, faculty and CNIB regarding the Vision Mate.

*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 Academic Math 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
  • Reference Letters (3) as request by The Optician Association of New Brunswick 
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package


*Level II or University Prepartory courses are required.

Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
All French Math needs to be level B or C.
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 – minimum score of 60
  • IELTS – 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL (IBT) - 80, with no individual score lower than 18
  • MELAB - minimum score of 80
  • Duolinguo - minimum score of 55
  • Cambridge English - minimum score of 169
  • Pearson Test of English - minimum score of 50

Optician

You are:

  • Professional
  • Driven & ambitious
  • Patient & caring
  • A natural salesperson
  • Entrepreneurial

What is an optician?

Opticians are vision care practitioners who prepare and sell glasses, contacts, and other vision aids by using the prescriptions of Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. Opticians don’t diagnose vision issues, and they don’t handle the manufacturing of glasses and frames. They are the coolest mix of science and fashion - helping clients live their best lives with the perfect vision aids and accessories.

How is the course broken down? What will I learn?

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

  • 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.
  • Ocular Science: anatomy and physiology of the eye, structures of the eye and associated pathologies, as well as the physiological processes related to vision.
  • Communications and Professionalism: communication techniques and professional interaction between various eye care practitioners, support staff and clients
  • Business and Sales: overview of principles for operating a retail vision care business and selling products to clients

That sounds complex…will I get to practice before jumping in?

As with every course at Oulton, you’ll be trained as well as being educated. You will have plenty of opportunities to practice the skills you learn in class, both on site and in practicums and clinical.

We build your skill and your confidence in our amazing on-site clinic, and then set you up with two practicums plus one clinical where you will practice and work within a team while also getting to know future employers. In your first year, you’ll have a full course load plus an 8 week practicum and a three week clinical. In your second year, you’ll finish off with a 4 week practicum and the opportunity to write the National Exam to become either a licensed optician or dual licensed in contacts and dispensing.

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 

The history of eye glasses and their design is explored along with proper methods and tools used for frame adjustments. Interpretation of prescriptions and the relationship between frame, lens and prescription selection will be introduced. As we advance, task specific lens designs, special dispensing considerations and low vision will be covered.  

Fabrication and Dispensing Lab

This is a practical application based on the knowledge from Dispensing Theory.  Instruction is given on the assembly of spectacles, use of tools and measuring devices.  Students practice frame adjustments and measurements for spectacles and task specific glasses. 

Contact Lens Theory

This course covers the history of contact lenses, their design, optical theory, materials and contact lens terminology. Instrumentation and fitting procedures for both hard and soft contact lenses and health assessment will be introduced.  Fitting assessments, wear schedules, and indicators for contact lens wear are studied.  Complications due to contact lens wear, special lens fitting considerations and modifications are also covered.

Contact Lens Lab

This is the practical application of Contact Lens Theory.  Measurements using a keratometer, verification of parameters and the condition of hard and soft contact lenses as well as an introduction to the slit-lamp and its use.   Manufacturing tolerances and specialty lenses will be examined.

Ocular Science

This course examines the 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

This is an introduction to physical optics. Lens types, concepts and calculations used for lens fabrication will be explored.  The theory of reflection and refraction, simple optical systems and lens image formation are studied.

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.

Professionalism

In this course, students will learn about resume building and interview skills. They will learn how to use social media as a means of communication in the business word. The professional interaction between the different eye care practitioners and support staff will also be a major focus. Patient/ client interaction will be discussed in regards to patient education and exchange of information.

Sales and Clinical Preparation

This course will focus on customer service and sales skills as well as techniques in approaching optical clients during the sales process.

In-House Clinic and Preceptorship

This course will have two components. The In-House Clinic takes place at the college, at the dispensary supervised by instructors.  The preceptorship takes place at an optical/work place supervised by Licensed Opticians, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. Logs will be kept of fitting and skills learned. 

Business Entrepreneurship

This is a small business course that will teach students basic business practices while enabling them to prepare their own business plan. This will be accomplished through a mixture of lectures, discussion, case scenarios and self-directed readings.

Standards of Practice

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

Community Engagement

During this weekly community engagement, topics for journaling will come from activities and situations which arise during the community engagement as a Vision Mate.  Students are required to keep a journal of daily experiences and self-reflect on their progress. Journals will periodically be submitted for instructor review and feedback. This course provides a regular forum for transfer of pertinent information among students, faculty and CNIB regarding the Vision Mate.

*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 Academic Math 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
  • Reference Letters (3) as request by The Optician Association of New Brunswick 
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package


*Level II or University Prepartory courses are required.

Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
All French Math needs to be level B or C.
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 – minimum score of 60
  • IELTS – 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL (IBT) - 80, with no individual score lower than 18
  • MELAB - minimum score of 80
  • Duolinguo - minimum score of 55
  • Cambridge English - minimum score of 169
  • Pearson Test of English - minimum score of 50

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