Optical Sciences Program Overview Admission Requirements Applicants must have a High School Graduation Diploma with English, Mathematics, and Physics. English Language Proficiency As English is the language of instruction at the NIHP, an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English is a prerequisite for admission. All applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirement by presenting proof of completion of the specific prerequisite English course. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be asked to submit proof of English language proficiency skills. NIHP accepts one of the following: • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Format: overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 5.0. For more information, please contact www.ielts.org/ • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): score of 70. For more information, please contact www.cael.ca/ • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): score of 85. For more information, please contact www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab/ • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based) requires a minimum total score of 80 with no individual test score below 20 or Paper Based requires a minimum score of 550. • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based) with minimum test scores for each component o 23 in the Speaking component o 20 in the Reading component o 20 in the Listening component o 20 in the Writing component • IELTS (Academic format) with minimum band scores for each component o 6.5 in the Speaking component o 6.0 in the Reading component o 6.0 in the Listening component o 6.0 in the Writing component Program Outline Length: 2 Years Delivery: 4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms Credential: Equivalent Canadian College Diploma, Co-op Effective: 2012 Location: India Start: Fall + Winter Description of Opticianry The Opticianry Program offers a balance of theory and practical experience in the fitting of contact lenses, eyeglasses, sub-normal vision devices, refraction, fabrication and dispensing. The hands-on skills developed in the labs are complemented by the on-the-job training gained through co-op work experience. While the program concentrates on the expertise necessary for the fabrication, repair and dispensing of eye glasses and contact lenses, students also study the anatomy and physiology of the eye, and the physical optics which affect eyewear prescriptions. There are opportunities to enhance personal growth and develop a network of employment contacts. Upon successful completion of the academic and co-operative education semesters, students are eligible to apply to challenge registration/licensing examinations which allow them, if successful, to apply for practice Registered/Licensed Optician in North America. Career Opportunities Opticians are long-standing members of the health care delivery team in a field for which there is a growing universal need. Opticians may dispense eyewear independently or as part of the eye care team. Consequently, many aspire to operate their own businesses. As recognized professionals under legislation in many jurisdictions, career possibilities exist in large retail optical chains, independent dispensaries and medical clinics in Canada or the USA. During co-op placements students obtain work experience under supervision. Graduates obtain full-time positions readily, and often move into managerial roles. Other employment opportunities in which our graduates have been successful include positions as sales representatives for ophthalmic frame and lens distributors, contact lens and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Future indications show steady growth for products and services consumed by people in their forties, such as eyeglasses, which also occupy a strong position as a fashion accessory. Our graduates, therefore, continue to have prospects for substantial career opportunities. Program Learning Outcomes The graduate will reliably demonstrate the ability to: • provide effective optical care that meets the professional standards and requirements for registration/licensure as an Optician • competently perform all aspects of dispensing eyewear, contact lenses, refraction and low vision devices; • educate clients and promote the benefits of ocular health; • work collaboratively as a part of a multi-disciplinary eye-care team; • function as a lifelong learner and participate in society as an informed citizen; • successfully function within an optical retail environment. Practical Experience Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at NIHP; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their program of study. This integration affects includes adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills and promotes personal maturity.
Associate Degree of Applied Science - Opticianry