Flexible Learning Options

Program Streams

Full Course: $1875* (Registration begins in the summer 2021)

The Full Course curriculum and registration fee includes Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) Program study guides & open-book assignments for all nine modules, practical skills checklists, practical skills Workshop (*NB: workshops are scheduled in 2022, to be revised in summer 2021 based on COVID current state), and closed-book CCOA Examination.

Duration of each nine modules is four weeks. For the Full Course curriculum, Module 1 begins on September, 2021. Module sessions are back-to-back, finishing with Module 9 in the spring. The online CCOA Examination is written within three weeks of becoming eligible (completion of nine modules) to write the exam.

Each module includes:

  • Assignment (25 multiple choice questions)
  • Timed quiz (20 multiple choice questions, 35 minutes to complete)
  • Practical skills checklist (Modules 1, 4, and 9 do NOT have checklists).
  • Study guide
  • Interactive online course

Important notes:

  • Each module runs for four weeks (beginning in September)
  • Modules must be taken in order (1, 2, 3, 4, etc)
  • A minimum grade of 65% is required on all components (quiz, assignment, and final exam). Students can re-take assignments or quizzes as many times as required by the deadline date in the student’s progress tab in order to pass.
  • Final exam must be written within three weeks of becoming eligible.
  • Students will have access to two re-writes ($225 per) should they be unsuccessful in passing the initial final exam.

On-Demand: $2299 + tax (Available in January 2021)

CCOA On-Demand is a flexible version of the CCOA Full Course. The On-Demand option allows students to register at any time. The curriculum and registration fee includes Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) Program study guides & open-book assignments for all nine modules; Practical skills checklists; practical skills Workshop* and a closed-book CCOA Examination.

Students can begin the program right away and can move through the modules at their own pace. Modules are released in order and end with module 9. The online CCOA Examination must be written within three weeks of completing the nine modules and attending an in-person workshop*.

*NB: As a result of the pandemic, 2021 workshops have been cancelled. They are scheduled to resume in 2022.

Each module includes:

  • Assignment (25 multiple choice questions)
  • Timed quiz (20 multiple choice questions, 35 minutes to complete)
  • Practical skills checklist (Modules 1, 4, and 9 do NOT have checklists).
  • Study guide
  • Interactive online course

Important notes:

  • From the day of enrollment, students have 24 months to complete all nine modules (quizzes, assignments, and checklists) and attend a workshop*. 

  • Modules must be taken in order. Upon completion of one module, the next unlocks.

  • A minimum grade of 65% is required on all module components (quiz, assignment and final exam). Students can retake the assignment or quiz as many times as required in order to pass.

  • Students will have access to two exam rewrites ($225 per rewrite).


The Basics $175

The Basics is a stand-alone tool geared towards staff who have not taken the full CCOA program. This course serves as an introduction to the full CCOA program and also as an introduction to Optometry for those who are new to the field. This module will introduce basic optometric concepts that are further elaborated on in the CCOA program's subsequent modules. Upon completion of this module, the optometric assistant will have a basic understanding of:

  • Optometry in Canada
  • Basic ocular anatomy
  • Refractive errors & ophthalmic lenses
  • Frame fitting basics
  • Common eye conditions

Important Notes:

  • One single module
  • 42-day deadline (six weeks)
  • A 30 question assignment
  • Interactive online course
  • A stand-alone tool (credits will not be put towards CCOA full course)

Individual Modules: $200 + tax / module (Available in January 2021)

Reserved for those not interested in pursuing certification, but interested in specific aspects of the CCOA program.

Each module includes:

  • Assignment (25 multiple choice questions)
  • Timed quiz (20 multiple choice questions, 35 minutes to complete)
  • Practical skills checklist (Modules 1, 4, and 9 do NOT have checklists).
  • Study guide
  • Interactive online course

Important notes:

  • Credit for individual modules can NOT be applied towards CCOA certification.

  • Modules purchased are accessible for 6 months. 

  • Individual modules can be purchased at any time, and in any order. Students can also choose to purchase more than one module at a time. 

  • Individual module registrants are welcome to attend the Workshops for an additional fee of $650.

  • A minimum grade of 65% is required on all components (quiz, assignment) in order to receive a certificate of completion. Students can retake the assignment or quiz as many times as required in order to pass.

 

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