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Overview

This program provides students with an opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge and skills required to safely and competently dispense subnormal vision devices, contact lenses and eyeglasses. Students gain knowledge in the basic science of sight and optics, and learn the skills of opticianry in dedicated lab classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the registration examinations for licensure.

Essilor, world leader in ophthalmic optical products, has chosen to partner with Seneca College to provide an ophthalmic laboratory facility that ensures advanced opticianry education and training. Housed at the Newnham Campus, the Essilor Centre for Opticianry Studies consists of a state-of-the-art eyeglass fabrication lab, a contact lens fitting lab and the Seneca College Vision Clinic. Students learn the skills of opticianry in dedicated lab classes equipped with the latest equipment and instruments. In partnership with Essilor, an unprecendented learning opportunity is provided for the students.

*The Opticianry program is offered on a part time basis with ONE intake in the FALL semester.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Your Career in Opticianry

Opticians are members of a health care delivery team who dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses and subnormal vision devices. Employment opportunities are available in retail optical dispensaries, contact lens clinics, as well as medical clinics in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Entry Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the college preparation (C) university preparation (U) or university /college preparation (M) level or mature student status (age 19 or older).

All applicants must have completed the following courses (or equivalent):

  • Grade 12 English: Eng4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • Any Grade 12 Science (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Biology (C)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U)

If you do not have the entry requirements, the following Seneca College courses will be accepted and can be taken through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training:

Mature Applicants

Seneca College welcomes applications from those adults who have made the decision to return to school. The requirement for using the "Mature Applicant" status as the basis for meeting admission requirements is nineteen years of age. As a Mature Applicant, you do not require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or its equivalent). You do require an academic credit in Grade 12 English, Mathematics and Science to be accepted into the program.

It is important to apply as soon as possible if you are applying as a Mature Applicant. By applying early, if it is determined that you do not have the necessary skills for admission to a post-secondary program, you may be able to complete the necessary college preparation before your program starts.

Selection Process

  • New students are accepted into the Opticianry program in the Fall semester ONLY; however; students may register for non-professional courses in the Winter and Summer semesters.
  • Selection is based on completion of admission requirements.

Application Process

For admission into FALL 2017 term, please complete the Health Sciences ADMISSION FORM and attach all OFFICIAL transcripts from high school(s) or college/universities that you have attended by July 4th, 2017 by using the methods listed below:

  1. Mail to:
    Seneca College
    Faculty of Continuing Education and Training
    Attention: Part-time Opticianry Program - Admissions
    1750 Finch Ave. East
     Toronto, ON M2J 2X5
  2. In person to Faculty of Continuing Education office Seneca College, Room D2200, attention Part-time Opticianry Program - Admissions

Acceptance

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be mailed an acceptance letter after the deadline noted. This letter must be presented upon registering for professional opticianry courses in the Fall.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

Progression of Requirements

OPT100
Introduction to Optics
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Prerequisite(s):

Acceptance into the Program

This course is designed to consolidate and review principles of the behaviour of light, wave optics, refraction and reflection of light and lens systems. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of ophthalmic optics and problem solving.




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EAC150
College English
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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OPT103
Geometric Optics
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Prerequisite(s):

Acceptance into the Opticianry Diploma program

This course expands on the theory of physical optics and relates it to specific optical systems. Students resolve geometric optics problems related to thick and astigmatic lenses, microscopes and telescopes.




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OPT202
Dispensing Theory I
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150, OPT103

This course introduces the student to visual optics, including the measurement of visual acuity and refractive errors. The student learns about different aspects of frames and lenses, including materials, types and methods of manufacturing, as well as the theory and methods of neutralizing lenses. Client assessment, frame and lens selection and delivery of finished spectacles to the client including client teaching are also included.




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OPT106
Eyeglass Dispensing Lab I
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This course is an introductory lab that prepares students for work in an optical dispensary. Content includes frame and facial measurements, frame adjustments and repairs, spectacle neutralization and standard dispensing procedures. Professional standards and communications are emphasized throughout this course.




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OPT200
Applied Ophthalmic Optics
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150, OPT103

This course introduces students to the practical applications of physical and geometric optics in ophthalmic dispensing. Students examine the implications of base curve, aberrations and prism on lens power. Technical standards for prescription eyeglasses are emphasized.




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OPT250
Opticianry Practicum Level I
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT106 or Program Coordinator Approval

Students complete 200 hours of supervised eyeglass dispensing and a minimum of 125 single vision fits during Practicum Level I. Of these, a minimum of 25 fittings must be for lens powers above ± 6 Diopters. Included in the 200 required hours, a minimum of 10 hours is completed in the Seneca College Vision Clinic located at the Newnham Campus. Procuring suitable placement for practicum is the responsibility of the student.




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OPT301
Dispensing Theory II
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT202

This course provides the students with the theoretical foundations for dispensing specialized prescriptions which include high lens powers, presbyopic correction and those for low vision. Lens designs, powers and specific fitting techniques are considered within the framework of practical dispensing applications while emphasizing the professional responsibility of the optician.




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OPT204
Eyeglass Fabrication I
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT106, OPT202

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to put into practice the theory of finishing single-vision spectacles. Students utilize several systems for edging lenses and obtain practice with optical instruments such as focimeters, lens gauges, marking and blocking devices.




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OPT307
Eyeglass Dispensing Lab II
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT106, OPT204

This course emphasizes procedures for fitting and dispensing high lens powers, bifocal and multifocal lens designs and consolidates knowledge and skills learned in previous professional subjects. Advanced fitting techniques, Rx interpretation and professional standards are included.




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OPT104
Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC149,ESL934 or EAC150

This course presents cranial anatomy, detailed anatomy of the eye and adnexa, and vision as a process. Introduction to pathology and systemic conditions that affect vision, common eye injuries and first aid are included.




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OPT300
Ocular Patho-Physiology
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT104, OPT301

This course explores ocular pathology in terms of physiologic complications of contact lens wear, inflammation, toxicity and allergy. Students learn to identify common anomalies of the eye that affect contact lens wear. Examination and treatment procedures are included.




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OPT305
Eyeglass Fabrication II
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT204

Building on the theory and practice in Fabrication Lab I, this course gives students the opportunity to become proficient in finishing spectacles at an advanced level. Students learn to finish and edge bifocal and progressive power lenses.




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OPT350
Opticianry Practicum Level II
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT250

During Practicum Level II, students must complete 200 hours of supervised eyeglass dispensing and during that time complete a minimum of 125 bifocal fits. Included in the 200 hours are hours that must be completed in the Seneca College Vision Clinic. Procuring suitable placement for practicum is the responsibility of the student.




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OPT303
Contact Lens Theory I
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT200 and OPT300

Corequisite(s):

OPT304

This course is designed to foster students' understanding of the methodologies used for contact lens fitting. Students are introduced to dynamics and properties of contact lens materials, methods of manufacture and optics. Contact lens instruments and fitting theories are included.




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OPT304
Contact Lens Lab I
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT300

Corequisite(s):

OPT303

This course offers the student the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in Contact Lens Theory I. Students learn the procedures for safely fitting soft and rigid lenses as well as the operation of the keratometer, slit lamp, radiuscope and rigid contact lens modification. Client safety and the professional responsibilities of the dispensing optician are emphasized.




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OPT401
Contact Lens Theory II
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT303 and OPT304

Corequisite(s):

OPT402, OPT450

This course builds on the basic theory relative to optics and contact lens practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding rigid lenses, special lenses and advanced fitting techniques.




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OPT402
Contact Lens Lab II
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT304 and OPT303

Corequisite(s):

OPT401 and OPT450

This course offers the student the opportunity to apply the principles of client assessment, lens selection and assessment of lens fit and visual acuity. Also included are interpretation of data for selection of contact lens design and delivery to the client.




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OPT308
Visual Assessment and Refractometry
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Prerequisite(s):

OPT300

Students are introduced to the primary care procedures used to detect anomalies of the refractive and health systems of the eye. An exploration of the types, etiology, testing and treatment of eye abnormalities and clinical techniques used to detect visual error is included.




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One Business Stuides Option
OPT450
Opticianry Practicum Level III
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

OPT350

Students are required to complete 600 hours of supervised contact lens fitting experience and fit a minimum of 15 soft lens fits and 5 rigid gas permeable lens fits. Of the 600 hours, 10 hours must be complete in the Seneca College Vision Clinic located at Newnham Campus. Students are responsible for procuring a suitable placement location.




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COM470
Interpersonal Communication
Availability
 

Corequisite(s):

EAC149

This course introduces necessary underlying concepts in understanding interpersonal communication. It encourages students to examine their own self-concepts, self-esteem and perception processes while learning about how these can interfere with the development of positive relationships. Students will learn the basic skills and competencies required for effective interpersonal relationships. They examine the ways in which relationships are initiated and maintained, and how they sometimes deteriorate. Finally students learn of the challenges involved in interpersonal communications.




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OPT409
Professional Practice
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

EAC150, OPT301, OPT307, OPT303, OPT304
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure the prerequisites have been met. Failure to do so may jeopardize your credit.

This course highlights the professional role of the optician through the exploration of the business of opticianry. Students gain perspective on issues inherent in delivering vision care within a regulated health environment.




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OPT403
Comprehensive Review
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Prerequisite(s):

All other Opticianry Program courses or coordinator approval.

This course is designed to provide a thorough review of the opticianry program. In practical skills refresher sessions, students analyze and evaluate their level of competency in preparation to perform the essential tasks of Opticianry.




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CPR912
Emergency First Aid / Heartsaver CPR BLS - A
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This course is designed for any individual interested in learning about how to deal with common medical emergencies including adult choking and cardiac arrest in the work place or at home. The first aid component consists of shock, unconsciousness, emergency scene management, sudden illnesses, fainting, and cardiovascular emergencies; while the heartsaver component consists of heart attack and cardiac arrest for adults. Emphasis is placed on recognition of the signs and symptoms of common medical emergencies to ensure appropriate care for the casualty. This course consists of both theory and practical based learning and is taught to the standards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and/or Toronto EMS.




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2 General Education Options 2 General Education Options

Note:

Students admitted to the Opticianry program prior to September 2016 are required to complete MCT101 in order to graduate.

As of Winter 2015, OPT407 will be replaced by OPT409.

Business Studies Options

The business studies curriculum is designed to enhance students understanding in the areas of marketing, current Canadian retail business and customer service skills. Students are required to choose one course from the following business studies options:

BAM101
Introduction to Business Administration
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.




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MRK320
Marketing: Effective Selling
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A career in selling can focus on either industrial or retail sales. This course deals primarily with industrial selling using ethical and logical techniques that many successful salespeople use in their careers.




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MRK645
Building and Maintaining Customer Relationships
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This course is intended to develop your understanding of customer service and the skills associated with understanding the needs of customers, meeting those needs and fostering an environment that encourage customers to return. It will be of interest to anyone who works with customers, either internal or external, on a daily basis.




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RET500
Understanding the Retail Business
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This course is designed to give 4th semester students a broad understanding of current Canadian retail business trends. The operational aspects as well as the nature of various retail formats will be examined and discussed including buying, selling, customer service, advertising, store layout and design, technology and results measurement and evaluation.




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General Education

Students must complete one general education course from each of the following categories:  "Arts and Humanities" and "Science and Social Science".

 

Guidelines for Program Completion

Seneca is accountable to professional and corporate stakeholders in opticianry and is committed to providing excellence in education and skills development. The four year pathway to completion of the part-time Opticianry Diploma Program is intended to meet the flexible needs of adult learners while ensuring that graduates enter the field with knowledge that is current and that they are well prepared to become Registered Opticians. Students who fail to complete the part-time program within a 5 year time frame will be required to repeat vocation specific courses or challenge those courses through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in order to graduate.

Practicum Requirements

The practicum portion of the Opticianry Program is designed to prepare students for their role as an optician. Practica are defined as educational experiences in an environment which augments the academic program and contributes to students' practical education. A total of 1000 hours of dispensary experiences are divided into three levels which are scheduled at pertinent stages in the program. A designated number of hours must be completed in the Seneca College Vision Clinic.

Procuring suitable placement for practicum is the responsibility of the student. The College will assist by posting employment opportunities received. The student must report to the College any changes in placement location or supervising optician.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the opticians program the student will be prepared to:

  1. Apply specialized knowledge and skills to safely and competently fit eyeglasses, contact lenses and subnormal vision devices.
  2. Use analytical critical thinking and problem solving skills in the practice of opticianry.
  3. Use appropriate interpersonal and communication skills with patients and other health care providers.
  4. Practice opticianry in accordance with provincial standards and regulations.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Credit for Prior Learning

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Program Structure

Four Year Plan

 

Fall

Winter

Summer

Plus

 Year 1

 OPT100
 EAC150

 OPT103
 OPT202

 OPT106
 OPT200

 OPT250

 Year 2 

 OPT301
 OPT204

 OPT307
 OPT104

 OPT300
 OPT305

 OPT350

 Year 3

 OPT303
 OPT304

 OPT401
 OPT402

 OPT308
 One Business Option
 (see below)

 OPT450 

 Year 4

 COM470
 One Gen. Ed.
 (see below)

 OPT409
 One Gen. Ed.
 (see below)

 OPT403
 CPR912

 

Three Year Plan

 

Fall

Winter

Summer

Plus

 Year 1

 OPT100
 EAC150

 OPT103
 OPT202
 One Business Option (see below)

 OPT106
 OPT200
 COM470

 OPT250

 Year 2 

 OPT301
 OPT204
 One Gen. Ed. (see below)

 OPT307
 OPT104
 One Gen. Ed. (see below)

 OPT300
 OPT305
 OPT308

 OPT350

 Year 3

 OPT303
 OPT304

 OPT401
 OPT402
 OPT409

 OPT403
 CPR912

 OPT450

Note:

Students admitted to the Opticianry program prior to September 2016 are required to complete MCT101 in order to graduate.

Business Studies Option

Students must complete one of the following business courses: BAM101, MRK320, MRK645, RET500.

General Education

Students must complete one general education course from each of the following categories: " Arts and Humanities" and " Science and Social Science".

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant
Maria.Graziosi@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22512


Yasmeen Syed
Part-time Program Coordinator
Yasmeen.Syed@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22575


Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
Barbara.Pimenoff@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24019


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.