Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.
Increase your knowledge and confidence with contact lenses
If you’re already a licensed and practicing optician, the additional license to dispense contact lenses can help you offer increased value to employees and clients as well as increase your opportunities in the optical industry.
The ability to dispense contact lenses is a specialized skill, one that employers recognize as a great asset. This 1-year, independent study program is an advanced practice intended for licensed opticians that will require a qualified preceptor in your workplace to guide and directly supervise your clinical training. This training consists of 500 hours over 2 clinical practicum courses.
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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills
This program is specifically focused on the fitting of contact lenses. You’ll be introduced to the art and science of contact lens fit, design, care and management of both soft and hard lenses. We will also discuss specialty lenses and examine required follow-up procedures.
This clinical consists of on-the-job training, which will allow you to practice what you’ve learned under the direct supervision of a practicing contact lens practitioner, optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Upon completion of the program, you will receive a NAIT certificate that will provide proof of your advanced competency with contact lenses.
Graduates of the Optical Sciences program are eligible to attempt the national licensing examination:
Graduates are also eligible for transfer credit to the following degree program:
Canadian Applicants Outside of Alberta
If you are a Canadian resident outside of Alberta, please contact the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) for registration information and an application package. Canadian residents outside of Alberta do not apply through the Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). If you apply in error, the application fee cannot be refunded.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RESIDENTS OF LLOYDMINSTER: If your practicum is located on the Alberta side of the border, you follow the same application process as the Canadian residents in Alberta (i.e., apply through APAS and complete your application checklist). If your practicum is located on the Saskatchewan side of the border, you follow the same application process as the Canadian residents outside of Alberta (i.e., DO NOT apply through APAS – contact the OAC instead).
Some NAIT programs are unavailable to international students because they do not meet eligibility for a study permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
- Study Permit: This program is delivered through distance learning and therefore does not meet the criteria for a study permit.
- Co-Op: Due to this program not meeting the criteria of a study permit, it also does not meet the criteria for a Co-Op Work Permit.
- Post-Graduation Work Permit: This program is delivered through distance learning and therefore is not eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program. Completion of this program will not make you eligible for a PGWP.
International students who have questions about permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT Academic Advisor – International to discuss options.