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Welcome to the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) website.

The IOBP has been discontinued and a new advanced standing program is under development with the earliest expected start date of Spring 2022.  We do not have any programmatic or application details at this time, but please check back regularly for updates.

  1. Dec. 15, 2020Advanced Standing Program preliminary details

    As the International Optometric Bridging Program nears completion, we are excited to provide some preliminary details about the upcoming Advanced Standing Program at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS).  Advanced Standing students will be required to first complete the Advanced Standing Optometry Preparatory Program (ASOPP).  The program will run each year from April until August and will include didactic and clinical courses, delivered both online and in person. The earliest anticipated start date for ASOPP is April 2022 (subject to change).

  2. Sep. 16, 2019Transition from International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) to Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS) Advanced Standing Program

    The International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) project at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision (WOVS) funded by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities has provided a pathway for internationally-trained optometric graduates (IOGs) to practice optometry in Canada for the past 14 years. Based on the success of this program we will be transitioning this program to a self-sustaining model.

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