Diploma in Optician

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

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.

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Your Career

Graduates of this program may find work as Opticians in optical retail stores, or a variety of other related medical settings.

Student Success

  • 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.

Accreditation

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.

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Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted starting February 8, 2020.

Key Information

  • 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
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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Established in 1916, SAIT in Calgary, Canada is a global leader in applied education and offers 100+ career programs, 1,300+ continuing education courses and corporate training courses to more than 200 companies annually. SAIT students study within eight academic schools — Business, Construction, Energy, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation and Transportation. Hands-on learning in unique labs and classrooms, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with industry partners ensure SAIT students are career-ready when they graduate. Read less
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