Because of small class size, admission to BC College of Optics is limited and
on a 'first-come' basis. Our Dispensing Optician/Contact Lens Fitter
program has the following prerequisites:
(a) Grade 12, or equivalent, with
(b) Mature Student (out of school a minimum of
2 years) with
A no-charge math assessment test is available only if a high school transcript
Registration is done "on a first-come basis".
Please note that these Admission Policies may not be waived by either the
student or the College.
BC College of Optics is also designated by Canada Immigration as a post-secondary
education institution for Foreign Student Study Permit purposes. Contact our Program
Director for details.
Registration Fee is $250.00 ($350.00 if outside North America). To save your seat register early.
Note: United States (US) residents may enrol in
the BC College of Optics opticianry program without the necessity of first
obtaining a Foreign Student Study Permit, since our course of instruction is not longer
than six (6) months. Following graduation our US students will be in a excellent
position to pass both their ABO and NCLE National certification examinations,
held in major US cities each year.
BC College of Optics
designated by Student Aid BC (BC Ministry of Advanced Education)
as a post-secondary institution whose students may be
for both BC and Canada Student Loans.
Student Loans may be available to Landed Immigrants and to residents of BC
who have resided in BC for the past twelve (12) months. Canadians living in
other Provinces of Canada should contact
Ministry of Advanced Education Student Financial Assistance Branch for information on qualifying for Canada and Provincial Student
Loans while studying at an Out-of-Province institution such as BC College of
Note: Student Loans may take up to twelve (12) weeks
to process, so students should apply for them early.
Our two (2)-semester, six (6)-month Day classes commence in the Spring
and Fall of each year.
Next Available Class
October 11th, 2016 – April 14, 2017
Monday through Friday 1:30pm – 5:30pm
March 20th, 2017 – September 22, 2017
Monday through Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm
*Call BCCO for further
Toll Free: 1-877-581-0106
*Registration is on a first come first serve
- History of Ophthalmic Lenses
- General Introduction
- Anatomy of the Eye
- Eyeglass Frames
- Cosmetic Frame Fitting
- Ophthalmic Lenses
- Spherical Lenses
- Ophthalmic Tools and Supplies
- Frame Adjustments
- Astigmatic Lenses in General
- Checking and Measuring Lenses
- Interpreting the Prescription
- Introduction to Bifocals
- Trifocal and Progressive Lenses
- Vertex Distance and its Relation to Effective
- Optical Lab Procedure
- Vertical Imbalance at the Reading Level, Slaboff & "R" segs
- Principal Planes, Iseikonic Lenses, Lens Tilt
- Ophthalmic Prisms, Edge & Centre
Thickness, Cylinders not 90 apart, Vergence, Magnification
- Spectacles for Aphakia
- Lenses for Special Use
- Field Trip(s)
Contact Lens Course
- History of Contact Lenses
- General Introduction
- Anatomy of the Cornea
- Optics of Contact Lenses
- Corneal Astigmatism
- Types of Contact Lenses
- Eye Measurements for Ordering Contact Lenses
- Contact Lens Parameters
- Ordering a Contact Lens
- Spheres, Front Toric, Back Toric, Bi-Toric, Flexure
- Contact Lens Instruments
- Variation from the Usual Contact Lens
- Inspecting Contact Lenses
- In-Office Modifications to Contact Lenses
- Patient Instruction and Management
- Interpreting the Patient's Symptoms
- Contact Lens Training Video(s)
FEES & COSTS
BC College of Optics offers a single course of instruction
covering Ophthalmic Dispensing & Contact Lens Fitting, plus the basics
of optical lab. Our tuition fee for the entire program is $11,670.00, plus $500.00 for textbooks. Sorry, no 'on-line' training available at this school.
School fees are paid on a monthly 'pay-as-you-go' basis and are interest-free,
or (if you qualify) by government Student Loans. Unfortunately, no BCCO
or distance-learning program is available, only our 'in-house' training.
Although BC College of Optics is not a placement agency,
we do try to assist all graduates to secure employment following graduation.
Like their public College opticianry Diploma graduate counterparts, BCCO graduates
must pass Prior Learning Assessments (PLAR)
to be a licensed optician in BC
or may work unlicensed for an Optometrist. Most graduates find employment in BC's optical
field within three (3) months.
BC College of Optics's average class size is 12-18
students. Smaller class size means that our students are in a better position
to receive individual attention should they find difficulty with portions of
|1) Quality Education:
BCCO's curriculum has been examined as part of the PCTIA accreditation process,
with industry input. It contains all the learning competencies required to work both as
a Dispensing Optician and as a Contact Lens Fitter.
2) Excellent Faculty:
BC College of Optics offers accessible, caring instructors who are expert in
the fields of Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lens Fitting.
3) Convenient Location:
BC College of Optics is centrally located with direct access to either SKYTRAIN'S
'Surrey Place' or 'King George Blvd' Stations, while also an easy vehicle commute
from almost anywhere in the Lower Mainland of BC.
4) Cost Effective:
BCCO graduates can enter the workplace after only six (6)-months, much earlier
than their public College Diploma optician counterparts, and can therefore expect
to earn more than $30,000-$45,000 in real wages before their two (2)-year public
College Diploma optician colleagues begin to earn their first paycheck.
5) Class Size:
BCCO is a small school, with overall average class size of only 17 students.
6) Intensive, Concentrated Program:
While all public College opticianry programs require certain Humanities and/or
Liberal Arts credits as part of their Diploma programs, BCCO's Certificate program
stays focused on teaching opticianry subjects exclusively.