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.
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
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 is based on admission requirements and academic grades.
View the Opticianry articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.
- OPTI1000 Ocular Science 1
- OPTI1001 Eyeglass: Fabrication Lab 1
- OPTI1002 Contact Lens Dispensing 1
- OPTI1003 Eyeglass Dispensing 1
- OPTI1004 Dispensing Customer Service
- OPTI1005 Ocular Science 2
- OPTI1006 Eyeglass: Fabrication Lab 2
- OPTI1007 Contact Lens Dispensing 2
- OPTI1008 Eyeglass Dispensing 2
- OPTI2000 Ocular Science 3
- OPTI2001 Eyeglass: Fabrication Lab 3
- OPTI2002 Contact Lens Dispensing 3
- OPTI2003 Eyeglass Dispensing 3
- OPTI2004 Advanced Ophthalmic Optics
- OPTI2005 Eyeglass: Fabrication Lab 4
- OPTI2006 Contact Lens Dispensing 4
- OPTI2007 Eyeglass Dispensing 4
Communications CoursesTo be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education CoursesTo be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms
- COOP1015 Opticianry Work Term 1
- COOP2013 Opticianry Work Term 2