OPT250 - Opticianry Practicum Level I

Outline info
Last revision date 2017-11-10 11:59:34.986
Last review date 2017-11-10 11:59:34.987

Subject Title
Opticianry Practicum Level I

Subject Description
Students are required to complete 200 hours of supervised eyeglass dispensing and a minimum of 125 single vision fits during Practicum Level I. 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

Credit Status
One credit toward the Opticianry Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Comply with the Guidelines for Professional Standards of Practice and policies determined by the College of Opticians of Ontario.

2. Communicate effectively with clients, supervisors, co-workers, and refractionists to ensure optimum client safety.

3. Follow the accepted protocol for client assessment, interpretation of prescription, ordering and verification of spectacles and final client instructions.

4. Demonstrate competency in dispensing single-vision eyeglasses.

5. Demonstrate proficiency in the safe operation of instruments, tools and equipment while fabricating and dispensing eyewear.

6. Create a physical environment conducive to communication in order to meet client needs.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

OPT106 or approval from the program coordinator. 
Procuring a placement for practicum is the responsibility of the student.  The College must approve the
placement prior to beginning the field placement.

Guidelines for OPT250

A minimum of 125 single vision spectacle fittings which include 25 fittings for prescriptions above +6 Diopters are required.  A total of 250 hours of field work are required.
Included in the 250 hours, a minimum of 10 hours must be completed in the Seneca College Vision Clinic.


  •     Placement Notice Form
  •     Confidentiality and Supervision Policy
  •     College of Opticians of Ontario Student Registration Number

Mode of Instruction
Students will work under the supervision of Registered Optician, Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

Prescribed Texts
OPT250 Practicum Manual

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
The grade for this course will be designated as SATISFACTORY or UNSATISFACTORY.
Criteria for a SATISFACTORY grade include:

  • Completion of 125 single vision spectacle fittings with 25 above  +6D
  • A satisfactory rating of overall performance by the supervisor
  • Completion of 10 required hours at the Seneca College Vision Clinic
  • Completion of 250 hours of field work logged and signed by the supervisor

Approved by: Lisa Somers