Waterloo’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.