Dispensing Opticianry

Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


Combine business, fashion, vision and technology with a Diploma in Dispensing Opticianry. You’ll study all areas of modern opticianry, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and refraction technologies, and gain clinical experience and service skills by working with customers in the College's Vision Centre. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to sit the College of Opticians exam. With a graduate employment rate of close to 100 percent, our program has a strong track record in the optical industry. Choose to work for independent opticians or optometrists, or become self-employed. 

Prior learning assessment and recognition

If you are already a Licensed Optician and want to gain contact lens fitting qualifications, you may be eligible for direct entry into the second year of the program.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 63 credits
  • 25% (16 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Minimum Grade: “C” in all courses except Mastery graded courses.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Semester I

DOPT 1100

Dispensing Optician Theory I


DOPT 1112

Dispensing Optician Lab Skills I


CMNS 1216

Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace


Semester I credits



Semester II

DOPT 1200

Dispensing Optician Theory II


DOPT 1210

Dispensing Optician Clinical Practice II


DOPT 1212

Dispensing Optician Lab Skills II


Semester II Credits



Semester III

DOPT 1310

Dispensing Optician Eyeglass Preceptorship


Semester III credits



Semester IV

DOPT 2101

Theory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies I


DOPT 2113

Laboratory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies I


Semester IV credits



Semester V

DOPT 2201

Theory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies II


DOPT 2211

Clinical in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies II


DOPT 2213

Laboratory in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies II


Semester V credits



Semester VI 

DOPT 2311

Clinical in Contact Lenses & Optical Technologies III


Semester VI credits



Total Program Credits



Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • High School Graduation or equivalent *
  • Any Math 11 with a grade of "C-" or better (or equivalent)
  • A completed and signed Optical Tour Form
  • 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.

Career 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.

Program 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.


Framing education with experience

Framing education with experience

Hands-on work placements kick-started this Dispensing Opticianry grad’s career.

Sight for all

Students in the Dispensing Optician diploma program volunteer to help people in need with their vision care problems.
Student Quote

Crafting their career

DOPT grads forge customized eyewear business with a difference.

More Information

Tuition deposit

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