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Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting

Closed for Fall 2020

Closed for Fall 2020 (International)

Length: 30 Weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Blended

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

Overview

Learn the scientific principles imperative to ensuring optimal eye care as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians and medical technologists.

The Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting certificate program is two semesters long (including a four-week practicum) and prepares students to operate as medical office professionals with specialized knowledge in ophthalmic (eye health) and optometric (vision care) terminology and clinical procedures.

This program is unique in that it includes a combination of ophthalmic and optometric competencies, providing graduates with skillsets for two professions in one program.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks and effective communication skills in English usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs.

Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.

Basic computer skills are essential for success in this program.

Credentials

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting certificate.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):

  • ophthalmic assistant
  • optometric assistant

Related careers include:

  • optical laboratory technician
  • optometrist ophthalmologist

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $8,222

Year 1 (International): $18,813

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted starting Feb. 8, 2020. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: Applications are accepted starting Feb. 8, 2020. 

Admission requirements

A minimum grade of 60% in each of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30
  • Biology 30 or Science 30
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Direct Entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.  

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your application status

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

Practicum requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practica such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs. 

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Current Level (C) CPR - CPRS 001 - Basic Life Support Provider
  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Health and wellness status

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Courses

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
ANPH-220 Anatomy & Applied Terminology  3.0
HSCI-219 Ocular Anatomy & Physiology 3.0
HSCI-221 Introduction to Ophthalmic Practice 3.0
HSCI-223 Ophthalmic and Optometric Skills  3.0
HSCI-309 Systemic and Ocular Pathology & Pharmacology 3.0
Semester 1 total 15

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
HSCI-218 Applied Ophthalmic & Optometric Assisting 3.0
HSCI-222 Ophthalmic Instruments & Testing 3.0
HSCI-251 Assisting Surgical Procedures 3.0
HSCI-205 Clinical Practicum 3.0
Semester 2 Total 12
Program total 27

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $7,000 $462 $288 $235 $8,222

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,500 $462 $288 $344 $18,813

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame.

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility  here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the  Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the  International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books, scrubs and supplies are approximately $1,200.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practice (i.e. relocation costs, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 2, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Other requirements

  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course.
  • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check 
  • Health and wellness status

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT.

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Shay Gornshtein, Academic Chair
Email: shay.gornshtein@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

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