What you will learn
Graduates of this diploma will have acquired the knowledge and abilities to:
- Apply the National Competencies for Canadian Opticians as set out by the National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators to provide the best care for patients.
- Practice within relevant legislation, Standards of Practice & Guidelines, and Code of Ethics set out by the College of Opticians of BC.
- Build and maintain collaborative relationships with patients, colleagues, and industry professionals.
- Provide ethical and transparent patient-centred care and service that recognizes and respects the diverse needs of each individual.
- Apply essential knowledge of optics, ocular anatomy, physiology, and pathology to make informed decisions about opticianry practice.
- Demonstrate safe and competent practice in all aspects of dispensing eyeglasses, contact lenses, and low-vision devices.
- Provide patient-centred care and education throughout the dispensing process from initial assessment to follow-up care.
- Integrate acquired knowledge and skills to recommend and sell products based on patient's lifestyle requirements.
- Apply professional business management skills to opticianry practice.
- Accurately perform vision assessments using an automated refraction system.
- Recognize the need to engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance ability to better serve patients.
What to expect
The Optician program is designed to provide students with practical and experiential learning with a focus on active student participation and hands-on practice.
Theory courses are delivered through lecture, small group discussion, case studies, demonstrations, guest speakers, student presentations and individual/group assignments. Students apply the theory in the lab courses, consolidated practice experiences and final preceptorship.
The lab components of the program provides the student with the opportunity to integrate practice and theory in a fully functioning Opticianry lab, where students gain hands-on skills in a real-world setting. Lab instructional strategies include videos, demonstration, clinical simulation, and hands-on practice.
Terms two and three are supported by a Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) which reinforces the learning that has taken place within each term.
Term four includes a final preceptorship which prepares the student for the role and expectations of the graduate.
In addition to the diploma, students will also receive industry-relevant certifications: Standard First Aid & Basic Life Support, Body Mechanics & Back Safety, WHMIS, and Managing Hostile Interactions.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
- Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
- English 12 or Communications 12 with a minimum 'C-' grade or equivalent, or
- Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 6.0), or
- TOEFL iBT 80
- Math 11 with a minimum 'C-' grade or equivalent
- Criminal Record Check (CRC)
- Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate.
- Prior to first practice experience, students may be required to complete site specific orientation
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
- Ability to listen empathetically and communicate effectively with a diverse patient population
- Good computer skills including correct typing technique and experience with the Internet, Windows, and Microsoft Office
- A sincere interest in working with patients in a sales environment
- Ability to act respectfully, decisively, and professionally with patients and colleagues
- Good organization skills?with an attention to detail
- Good eyesight (corrected vision is accepted), with excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
- Creativity and mathematical aptitude are assets
Program general hours
Classes may run between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Class times are subject to change.
Classes will be held in Surrey, B.C.
|OPTC 1100||Customer Service & Professional Communications 1||1.5|
|OPTC 1110||Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye||4|
|OPTC 1120||Professional Practice & Office Procedures||1.5|
|OPTC 1130||Foundations of Optics||4|
|OPTC 1140||Eyeglasses Theory||8|
|OPTC 1210||Eyeglasses Lab||5.5|
|OPTC 1220||Eyeglasses Fabrication & Design||2.5|
|OPTC 1230||Customer Service & Professional Communications 2||1.5|
|OPTC 1240||Low Vision Conditions & Devices||2|
|OPTC 1250||Consolidated Practice Experience: Eyeglasses||4|
|OPTC 2310||Sales & Marketing Skills for the Entrepreneur||2.5|
|OPTC 2320||Contact Lens Theory||8|
|OPTC 2340||Contact Lens Lab||6|
|OPTC 2350||Consolidated Practice Experience: Contact Lenses||4|
|OPTC 2420||Business Management for the Entrepreneur||2.5|
|OPTC 2430||Refractive Conditions & Automated Refraction||2|
|OPTC 2440||Program Review and License Exam Prep||1|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
Tuition Deposit: $12,100
Tuition deposits are payable usually within two weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.
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|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.
OPEN DATE APPLICATION STATUS*
- Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
- Closed: Applications are not accepted.
- For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.