Residencies at the School of Optometry and Vision Science

What is a residency?

Optometric residencies are one-year, post-graduate, experiential training programs that advance patient care skills beyond entry-level practice. Residents provide supervised clinical eye and vision care services and experience a mix of learning methods including self-directed learning, seminar, workshop and conference participation, laboratory and clinical teaching, and scholarship activities. For more general information about residencies, please see the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) residency information web page.

Our Residency Mission Statement

To provide graduate optometrists with a program of concentrated mentored clinical experience and education designed to produce practitioners with advanced knowledge, skill and judgment in a selected area(s) of optometric practice. This will enable them to deliver advanced clinical care, practice life-long learning, and educate members of the profession.


The University of Waterloo's School of Optometry and Vision Science has offered clinical residency programs for more than 40 years. All our residencies are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and are an individually tailored program.

Our residencies are designed to extend and refine the optometrist’s knowledge and skill in specific areas of clinical practice. Skills will be enhanced primarily through clinical training and enriched by seminars, clinical research, and teaching. The emphasis of our residencies is on clinical training; nevertheless, residents are encouraged to engage in scholarly activity and will be required to participate in the clinical education of optometry students.

Residencies for 2023-2024

NOTE: All residencies run from August 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024.

Accredited Residencies

Non-Accredited Residencies