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.
International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International
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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.
For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.
- High School Graduation or equivalent *
- Any Math 11 with a grade of "C-" or better (or equivalent)
- Signed documentation of an Optical tour. Optical tours and forms are available at regularly scheduled Coquitlam Campus Information Sessions.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.