Bridging education at the University of Waterloo consists of two distinct sections: ASOPP (Advanced Standing Optometry Preparatory Program) and years 3 and 4 of the Doctor of Optometry program as an advanced standing program.  ASOPP will take place in the spring term ahead of entrance to year 3.

Spring term (April – August)

Fall term (August – December)

Winter term (January – April)


Year 3 term 1

Year 3 term 2

Year 4 term 1

Year 4 term 2

Year 4 term 3

ASOPP is delivered in a hybrid model, with both online and in-person components.  Most weeks will comprise of two days in-person at the University of Waterloo and three days devoted to online courses.  For example, online courses include classes in optics, systemic disease, pharmacology, and in-person include clinical labs and communication activities.

ASOPP students must successfully complete all aspects of the preparatory program in order to enrol in year 3 as an advanced standing student.