Optician

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) 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. This comprehensive 2-year program is combined with two Practicums, one which is 8-weeks in length and the other which is 4-weeks in length. These Practicum placements will connect you to prospective employers and allow you to practice and refine the skills you have learned. This is a valuable experience you can put on your resume. The program ends with the writing of the National Examination. Success on this exam makes you a licensable Optician or a dual licensed optician in both contacts and dispensing. 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.
  • 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 will be a major focus
  • Business and Sales: overview of principles for operating a retail vision care business and selling products to clients
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.

Career Choices:

Find rewarding careers in private clinics and vision care centers.
  • Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office
  • Vision Care Centers
  • 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

Admissions 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 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 Preparatory 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

Admissions Requirements – French School System

  • Diplôme grade 12, diplôme adulte ou GED
  • Rencontre avec un Admission Advisor
  • Anglais 311 ou 411 ou 421 avec un minimum de 65%
  • Biologie 411 ou 421 avec un minimum de 65%
  • Math 311B ou 321B avec un minimum de 65%
  • Physique 311 ou 411 sont considérés des atouts mais pas nécessaires
  • Des quotas géographiques peuvent être considérés

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.

Communications 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.