Advanced Standing Optometry Preparatory Program (ASOPP)

Welcome to the Advanced Standing Optometry Preparatory Program (ASOPP) website.

The Advanced Standing Optometry Preparatory Program (ASOPP) has replaced the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science.  ASOPP provides an education pathway for individuals who have completed optometry training outside of North America and who wish to obtain a license to practice in Canada. This newly redesigned bridging program began in April 2022.  ASOPP is designed to ensure advanced standing students will be prepared to join the 3rd year Doctor of Optometry program.

This programmatic change was recommended by an external review of IOBP and has stakeholder support.  Those students who successfully complete all aspects of ASOPP and years 3 and 4 of the Doctor of Optometry program will be awarded a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo.

Please use the links in the menu on top of this page for further program information, admissions procedures, etc.