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).
Since, by definition, distance learning does not require one to be in Canada, IRRC will not issue study permits or Co-Op work permits for this online program.
Learn more about Canadian immigration, and refugee and citizenship statuses
Please note that this program can only accept persons already employed in the Optical field. As such, any foreign national wanting to be admitted into this program must hold a valid work permit issued by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). There are three valid work permit categories:
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Eligible foreign nationals may be issued a work permit issued on the basis of a valid labour market impact assessment (LMIA).
- International Experience Canada (IEC): Eligible participants in the IEC program may obtain a work permit without having to apply for an LMIA. If the participant is not able to secure authorization to work for more than one year in Canada, then the participant is responsible for securing additional authorization to work in Canada through other IRCC work permit programs.
- Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP): Eligible participants may obtain a work permit after graduating from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution without having to apply for an LMIA.
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact us: