Hands-on, industry-relevant skills
You can use a variety of tools and methods to determine the best possible prescriptive lenses for patients. For instance, the autorefractor and retinoscope help eye care professionals determine the eye’s refractive error without feedback from patients (objective refraction) while the phoropter is used to test the refractive error with the help of a patient (subjective refraction).
Our program is divided into 4 outcomes that explore these tools and methods in detail. By the end of the program, you will have a body of knowledge and level of confidence in the following areas:
- objective refraction
- subjective refraction
- binocular vision testing
- refraction analysis
After each outcome, you will be required to complete an online assessment that will test your understanding of key terms, topics and learning objectives.
For the Refraction Clinical course, all training will take place in the student’s workplace under the direct supervision of a certified refracting optician or certified ophthalmic medical technologist, optometrist or ophthalmologist. Students will complete a clinical manual within the six-month time frame.
Our program is accredited by the National Association of Canadian Opticians Regulators (NACOR); successful completion of both the theory and clinical courses will allow you to take the National Refraction exam.
To better fit your schedule, this course can be taken online.
Access course material at your own pace using Moodle, our online eLearning system. This can be done from the comfort of your own home, office or local coffee shop.
If you are an Albertan resident, you can apply to our Refraction Certificate program by completing our form and sending it directly to the Optical Sciences Program Office by email or fax.
- Download the Refraction Application Form (pdf)
- Complete the form
- Send the completed form to our office by fax or email
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please call our office at 780.378.2800 (toll-free 1.888.491.3130) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Canadian residents outside Alberta, please contact the Opticians Association of Canada at email@example.com, or toll-free at 1.800.847.3155.
- Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 780.378.2800
- Toll Free: 1.888.491.3130
- Fax: 780.471.8377
Canadian residents outside Alberta