Student success rates in Optometry Doctoral program

2017 White coat ceremonyWaterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science offers an accredited, professional, 4 year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. The School is the only provider of English-language instruction for optometry in Canada (there is also a French-language school; the École d'Optométrie, Université de Montréal).

Our students enjoy a leading university that attracts award-winning professors along with some of the best and brightest students from around the world. Licensed ODs make up the body of expert faculty and clinic supervisors who provide an optimum mix of theoretical study and practical training.

Student graduation rates in Optometry

Standards for students and for teaching are set very high, but our graduation/attrition rates suggest that our students excel in this environment, as can be seen in the following table of recent graduations:

Year of graduation 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020  
Year of entrance to program 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
Graduated in 4 years 87 83 88 88 87 90  
Graduated in 5 years or more 3 4 1 2 0 0  
Graduated at any time 100% 96% 98% 98% 97% 100%  
Attrition for academic reasons 0 2 1 0 0 0  
Attrition for other reasons 1 3 1 2 3 0  
Completed all curricular requirements but did not meet other graduation requirements 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Still enrolled or on a leave of absence 1 0 0 0 0 0  

Student test scores for registration exams

To complete their professional qualifications, after graduation, students must pass a registration exam. For practice in Canada, this exam is administered by the the Optometry Examining Board of Canada (OEBC). The School of Optometry & Vision Science has a history of doing very well on these exams. The results of students trained in Canada on the registration exams are shown in the OEBC 'Annual Reports' which are located on their website.