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4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma
Health Sciences

About the Program

In this two-year program, you will acquire the specialized knowledge and skills required to safely and competently dispense subnormal vision devices, contact lenses and eye glasses. You will also learn the basic science of sight and optics and develop practical spectacle fabrication and dispensing skills.

As a student of this program, you are required to complete Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR "BLS-A" (St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross or equivalent). Certifications cannot expire during the calendar year of graduation. It is your responsibility to provide proof of certification prior to graduation.

To practice in Ontario as a Registered Optician, you must be successful in a registration examination, amongst other requirements, for entry in the College of Opticians of Ontario (COO). Seneca's Opticianry program is recognized by the College of Opticians of Ontario. For more information, please visit You can find more information on how to become an optician at the Opticians Council of Canada.

Work Experience

Mandatory Work Term

A mandatory program requirement in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory work term regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
  September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Year 2 Work Term 1 Semester 4 Work Term 2

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Retail optical dispensaries

  • Contact lens clinics

  • Medical clinics 

  • Health care delivery team

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