Douglas College

Canada ,New Westminster | New Westminster

Diploma in Opticianry

  • Duration: 24
  • $ 19102/year
  • IELTS: 6(6)
  • Diploma

One of Canada's major public institutions offering degrees, Douglas College was established in 1970 and is situated in British Columbia. Programs in healthcare, business, the arts, and human services are available through Douglas College, along with university-level courses in science and the arts. In addition to its two main campuses in New Westminster and Coquitlam's David Liam Campus suburban campus, the institute also operates a number of smaller training facilities in Surrey, Burnaby, and Maple Ridge. The college offers its students accommodation alternatives both on and off campus. They feature a sizable library with books, DVDs, articles, and tools to assist students in their studies. The college's research and creative resources are also housed in the Douglas Open Repository, or DOOR.


Along with many other recreational facilities, the site also contains a gym, a small box theater, and a big 300-seat proscenium theater. Over 24,000 people are enrolled at Douglas College, including 17,000 credit-seeking students, 8,500 continuing education enrollees, and about 4210 international students from 92 different nations. The academic faculty has about 960 people on it. Up to 10 bachelor's degree programs in Applied Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Physical Education and Coaching, Business Administration, Nursing, Therapeutic, Child and Youth Care, Recreation and the Performing Arts, Criminology, and Social Work are available at the college. 


The Douglas College has catered alumni that have excelled in their career paths. Some of the notable alumni of the Douglas college include poet Elizabeth Bachinsky, author Carleigh Baker for short story collection Bad Endings, businessman Frank Guistra, Gold medalist wrestler in Olympic, Daniel Igali, actor Adrian Holmes, and author Sky Lee.

With a diploma in opticianry, you may combine business, technology, fashion, and healthcare. You'll research all facets of contemporary optics, such as refraction techniques, contact lenses, and eyeglasses. You will be able to work part-time while you study because classes meet three days a week. When you graduate, you'll be prepared to sit for the College of Opticians test, which is a prerequisite for obtaining a British Columbia optician license. 


Practical training

Through the Douglas College Vision Care Centre, a retail store on campus that is available to the public, you will receive practical experience in eye examination, automated refracting, and dispensing eyeglasses and contact lenses. With a full eyeglass dispensing service, a complete contact lens lab with five fitting rooms and one automated refraction station, you'll work with conventional and specialist optical equipment. Sharpen your abilities with retail site placements that provide the hands-on experience and professional contacts need to launch your career. 


Favourable employment prospects

In their first or second semester, many of our students are employed on a part-time basis and work full-time over the summer. Additionally, polls indicate that almost all of our graduates in the discipline of opticianry are actively employed. 


Assessment and acknowledgment of prior learning

You can be qualified for direct entrance into the second year of the program if you are currently a licensed optician and wish to earn your credentials for fitting contact lenses.


Tuition: $19102 per year




Successful recipients typically have an above average GPA (B equivalent or higher) and strong English language proficiency test scores (i.e. IELTS 7.0 and above, or equivalent).

IELTS: 6(6)


Academics: 2.8 GPA

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