The Optician program is two years in length and trains students to be at the forefront of eye care practice, working as part of a multi-disciplinary vision care team. Students will study ocular pathology, refracting, and pharmacology, as well as business and retail aspects of the profession. Application of the theory will be demonstrated through clinical competencies focusing on refraction, filling eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions, ensuring a proper fit, and determining clients’ eyewear needs. These skills, along with business and retail skills, will be practiced and demonstrated in a dynamic, patient-centered environment.
Graduates of this program may find work as Opticians in optical retail stores, or a variety of other related medical settings.
- Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs.
- Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
- Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.
- Interest in science, health, and technology is essential for success in this program.
Credentials and accreditation
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Optician Diploma.
Additionally, graduates will be prepared to challenge the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) exam and obtain a dual license as both a dispensing optician and a contact lens fitter.
The Optician program delivered by SAIT is aligned with the competencies outlined by the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) guidelines and will seek accreditation with Accreditation Canada starting in 2020/21.
Admission and Selection
- Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted starting February 8, 2020.
- Start Dates: September 8, 2020
- Length: 2 years
- Tuitions and fees per year:
- Year 1: $10,722 (domestic) / $24,605 (international)
- Year 2: $10,722 (domestic) / $23,930 (international)
*Tuition, fees, books, and supply costs are subject to change
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