CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Optical health is a growing field and Opticians are an important part of the optical health team. The Opticianry program is designed to provide learners with the skills necessary to succeed as an Optician. Graduates are equipped with essential knowledge and skills to fit clients with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses and mount lenses in eyeglass frames.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of three (3) sciences, including at least two (2) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
      International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Career Possibilities

      Opticians are employed in optical retail outlets or other establishments with optical dispensing departments, or they may be self-employed. Graduates may apply to write the National Alliance of Canadian Opticians Regulators (NACOR) entry to practice examination and apply for licensure once all regulatory requirements have been met.

      Specific Considerations

      Prior to or during an applied workplace experience, Host Agencies may require students to apply for, complete, and provide proof of:

      • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector checks
      • Specific Immunizations
      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

      Areas of Study

      • Anatomy and Physiology
      • Ethics
      • Eye Health and Occupational history
      • Mathematics
      • Critical thinking and clinical judgement
      • Therapeutic and professional communication and collaboration
      • Laboratory experience and work practicum placement
      • Business fundamentals
      • Trauma informed and culturally competent care
      • Community Engagement
      • Workplace and individual wellness and safety

      Program Courses

      Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

      NOC Codes

      3231 - Opticians

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