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Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting

Open for Fall 2020

Length: 30 weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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.

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Grad employment rate

$35,778

Median starting salary (Source: Alberta Alis)

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $8,222

Year 1 (International): $18,930

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

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.

When can you apply?

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

Program Details

Program description

The Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting certificate program is 2 semesters long (including a 4 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.

Your career

Graduates of this program may find work as Ophthalmic and/or Optometric Assistants for Ophthalmologists and Optometrists in a variety of medical settings.

Student success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs.
  • Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
  • 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 and accreditation

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

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

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

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

Learn more

Courses

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 $460 $18,930

*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: $460
  • 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

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.
  • N95 respiratory mask fit-testing
  • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check 
  • Immunization Record
  • 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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

Contact 

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

Academic chair

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

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