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Optical Sciences - Contact Lenses

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
If you're already a licensed and practicing optician, the additional license to dispense contact lenses can help you offer increased value to employees and clients as well as increase your opportunities in the optical industry. The ability to dispense contact lenses is a specialized skill, one that employers recognize as a great asset. This 1-year, independent study program is an advanced practice intended for licensed opticians that will require a qualified preceptor in your workplace to guide and directly supervise your clinical training. This training consists of 500 hours over 2 clinical practicum courses.

Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

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  • Program Type Post-Diploma
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Only
Admission Requirements
  • Completion of the NAIT Optical Sciences Eyeglasses Diploma or assessed equivalent.
  • A complete Contact Lens Application Package showing proof of employment in the field and a qualified preceptor willing to supervise the practicum component, uploaded to your MyNAIT Portal account. The preceptor must be a practicing contact lens practitioner, optometrist, or ophthalmologist.
  • A Letter of Good Standing from the provincial regulatory body confirming that the applicant is a licensed, practicing optician in good standing
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Applicants who graduated from the Eyeglasses program prior to 2015 must successfully complete OPSC615 Eye Health & Screening as part of their application to the Contact Lens program.

Please see program page for additional requirements and considerations.

Transfer & Credit Options may be available, please see for more information.

Distance Delivery Options


Application Deadline

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Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $8,460.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,297.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $750.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated June 10, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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