Optometrists are dedicated to helping people preserve and enhance their vision as well as their overall health. After three or more years of university science, you may apply to Canada’s only optometry program taught in English.
You'll be exposed to all aspects of primary vision care, including ocular health, contact lenses, sports vision, low vision, and electrodiagnostics.
By providing services to patients in our own Optometry Clinic, in external clinics, and in private practice, you'll gain a wealth of practical experience. Your professors and mentors are some of the world's leading authorities on vision science and optometry.
The professional Doctor of Optometry program is four years in length, not including the minimum three years of university studies needed prior to entry.
About the program
- Requires previous university study
- Offered by the School of Optometry and Vision Science within the Faculty of Science
- Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Honours Science provide the fastest route into the Doctor of Optometry program
- Completion of at least three full years of university-level science with specific course requirements.
- Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), Admission Information Form, online assessment of personal characteristics (CASPer test), and optometrist and character references required.
- Minimum overall university average of 75%.
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
- OPTOM 103 - Pathophysiology
- OPTOM 114 - Anatomy of the Eye 2
- OPTOM 126 - Fundamentals of Visual Optics
- OPTOM 134 - Immunology
- OPTOM 139 - Colour Vision
- OPTOM 150 - Optometric Jurisprudence
- OPTOM 152/OPTOM 152L - Clinical Techniques 1/Laboratory
- OPTOM 158 - Clinical Experience 2
- OPTOM 170 - Public Health Optometry
What other courses will you take?
What can you do with a degree in Optometry?
- Optometrist, St. Lawrence Vision Centre
- Optometrist, Smith Falls Optometric Centre
- Optometrist, Orangeville Optometric Centre
- Optometrist, Hakim Optical
- Optometrist, Family Eye Care
- Optometrist, Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care
- Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
- Clinical Supervisor, University of Waterloo