Winter 2017 registration begins November 17.  Watch your email for information regarding your registration date and time.

back to search

Dispensing Opticianry

Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Dispensing Optician
Credits: 63.0
Length: Two years
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Fall
program overview
The Dispensing Optician Diploma Program covers all areas of modern opticianry, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and refraction technologies. Students gain clinical experience and service skills by working with customers in the College's Vision Centre. The program provides the necessary skills for employment and prepares students to meet British Columbia's licensing requirements. If you are already a licensed Dispensing Optician and want to gain contact lens fitting qualifications, you may be eligible for direct entry into the second year of the program.
curriculum framework

Year 1 - Semester I

DOPT 1100Dispensing Optician Theory I5
DOPT 1112Dispensing Optician Lab Skills I6
CMNS 1111Workplace Communications3

Year 1 - Semester II

DOPT 1200Dispensing Optician Theory II5
DOPT 1210Dispensing Optician Clinical Practice II4
DOPT 1212Dispensing Optician Lab Skills II6

Year 1 - Semester III

DOPT 1310Dispensing Optician Eyeglass Preceptorship5

Year 2 - Semester IV

DOPT 2101Theory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies I4
DOPT 2113Laboratory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies I6

Year 2 - Semester V

DOPT 2201Theory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies II4
DOPT 2211Clinical in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies II5
DOPT 2213Laboratory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies II6

Year 2 - Semester VI

DOPT 2311Clinical in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies III4

career transfer pathways
With an employment rate of close to 100 percent, Douglas College's Dispensing Optician Program has a strong track record with the optical industry. Graduates can work for independent opticians, large companies, optometrists, ophthalmologists, or become self-employed.      

Demand is strong for contact lens fitters. Students who continue to the second year to learn this skill will have enhanced employment options.

To work as a Dispensing Optician or a contact lens fitter in this province, you must complete a training program approved by the College of Opticians of B.C., and then pass their registration exam. Douglas College students have a high pass rate on the College of Opticians exam.
admission requirements
  1. High School Graduation or equivalent *
  2. Any Math 11 with a grade of "C-" or better (or equivalent)
  3. Signed documentation of an Optical tour. Optical tours and forms are available at regularly scheduled Coquitlam Campus Information Sessions.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend a personal interview that will be used for the purposes of providing information and academic counselling. Direct entry into second year of the program is available for those individuals already employed within the optical field as an Optician - Eyeglass Dispenser and desiring educational qualifications in the fitting of contact lenses.
  5. Criminal Record Check - This program requires students to train in an environment that demands individuals to provide proof of a satisfactorily completed, current CRS for the protection of the clients. To meet this requirement, prospective students must submit to a current CRC as a condition of entry to the program.. All costs related to the completion of this search are the responsibility of the individual student.

* Successful completion of two three-credit university transfer courses may be substituted for high school graduation

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM November 15, 2016 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM November 17, 2016 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM November 29, 2016 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM December 01, 2016 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Owning her career Sara Moshurchak DOPT grad Sara Moshurchak advises opticians to become masters and love what they do. Watch video