• 2021-2022

A career in focus

Optical Office Assistant

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

STARTLOCATIONDELIVERYSTATUS
OctEdmontonIn person
OnlineOnline anytime
MarEdmontonIn person
Open
Limited
Waitlist
Full
Upcoming
 
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QUICK FACTS

Program length  

1 term

Credential

Certificate

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $4,437.00

International
Total: $11,631.00

 
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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 65% in English Language Arts 30-2
    • 50% in ESLG 1860 or 65% in ESLG 1898
  • Mathematics – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 65% in MATH 1905 or 50% in Mathematics 10-3
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Overview

Optical office assistants play an important role in supporting ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, and opticians, while helping to provide a positive experience for patients and clients.

This 12-week, fast-paced Optical Office Assistant program will prepare you to become a valuable asset to ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, and opticians while interacting with patients/clients to help make their experience a positive one. Students learn optical terminology, administrative skills to help coordinate and manage patient care, and optical software as well as basic pretesting clinical skills used in practices, clinics, and other related settings. Further, students will participate in a four-week work experience placement in a healthcare facility or clinic to practice and refine their skills.

Student Success

Individuals are more likely to be successful in this career if they:

  • enjoy working with the public
  • are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands
  • are able to work shift work, including evenings and weekends
  • work well in a team environment

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • have access to a PC computer with a stable Internet connection
  • have keyboarding and basic computer skills
  • can type 40 words per minute before the program starts
  • are able to dedicate 40-50 hours per week for full-time studies

This program is not recommended for international students as the work permit required for the practicum may not arrive in time.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes a 150-hour practicum.

The practicum may be arranged in or close to the student's community. The student's practicum schedule will follow the preceptor's schedule and may include day, evening, or night shifts any day of the week, including weekends and holidays. Students are required to work full-time during the practicum and provide their own transportation to the facility.

Location

Edmonton, Online