Optometry as a Career
Optometrists are highly trained, university-educated health care professionals. Students who wish to obtain a Doctor of Optometry (OD) designation must complete a Doctor of Optometry program that is either four or five years in length, preceded by two to four years of science-based undergraduate training.
There are two Schools of Optometry in Canada: an English language program at the University of Waterloo and a French language program at the University of Montreal. Some Canadian students complete their optometric training at Schools of Optometry in the United States.
All practising optometrists are licensed by their Provincial regulatory body in the same manner as other health professions.
If you are interested in learning more, the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) website provides information about Canadian and American Schools of Optometry.
Already an optometrist outside Canada?
The CAO website provides information for foreign practitioners who wish to practise in Canada.
Want to become an optometric assistant?
If you’re interested in becoming an optometric assistant, the CAO website also provides details on this career.