What to Expect
It’s all about the eye: the conditions, anatomy and physiology.
Year One will emphasize the adjustment of frames, mathematics and optics, the use of instruments and tools, communication, prescriptions and single vision lens design, and analysis and interpretation of lenses and prescriptions.
Year Two introduces the student to eye health, prescriptions and multifocal lens design, analysis and interpretation of multifocal lenses and prescriptions, screening and charting, ethics and standards of practice as well as management for opticians.
This program is primarily taught online using Moodle, an e-learning system. The system allows students to participate in online discussions, view and print class notes, and apply theory through exercises and quizzes.
Students living further than 175 km away from Edmonton or Calgary may declare distance status, allowing them to write the final exams in an approved alternate exam location on the same day and time as scheduled examinations in Edmonton and Calgary.
Labs & Lectures
Students within Alberta attend two mandatory full-day labs offered in both Edmonton and Calgary. Students who qualify for distance status will complete these labs at their place of work.
First-year students who begin in the Fall intake can attend lectures at the NAIT Main Campus in Edmonton or the NAIT Campus in Calgary. These optional lectures are held bi-weekly in the evening and support the course material offered online.
There are no on-campus lectures for the Winter intake of Eyeglasses Year One. The lecture notes will be posted online.
There are no on-campus lectures for second-year students. In lieu of lectures, an additional lab has been scheduled for second-year students.