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Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting

New Program!

Closed for Fall 2021

Open for Spring 2022

Closed for Spring 2022 (International)

Length: 1 year Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Blended

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Next information session

Dec
7
Tue
School of Health & Public Safety Overview Session
Tickets
Dec 7 @ 5:00pm | Zoom
Dec
8
Wed
Optician, Ophthalmic and Optometric Info Session
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Dec 8 @ 5:00pm | Zoom
Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered on campus (OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester, pending additional COVID-19 restrictions.
Learn more about our course delivery options

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.

Throughout the program, students will 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. 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: $8,473

Year 1 (International): $18,822

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
Term Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022

How to apply

Two unique vision care programs

“This programming was created by doing what SAIT does best — partnering with industry to drive innovation,” says optometrist Shay Gornshtein, Academic Chair, Vision Care Sciences at SAIT. “The eye-care industry relies heavily on technology and evolves almost as fast. The technology-focused curriculum and lab space means graduates will hit the ground running and thrive in almost any eye-care, patient-focused environment.”

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2021 start: Applications are accepted starting Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change. 
  • Spring 2022 start: applications opened on June 14, 2022, until the program start date but are subject to change. 

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. Ophthalmic and optometric Assisting students will be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum. Although students are requested to indicate a location of their choice, there is no guarantee to be placed at the practicum location. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum 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:

  • 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 15.0

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
PRCT-205 Clinical Practicum 3.0
Semester 2 Total 12.0
Program total 27.0

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.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $7,140 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $8,474

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,500 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $18,833

*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: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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: $252
  • 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.).
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

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.

✅ 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 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 1 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

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, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

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

Meet some of the instructors

Program Development Coordinator and Academic Chair

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