Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Clinical Vision Science

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Program Information

School:Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Health Professions
Field of Study:Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician
Vision Science/Physiological Optics
Description:The academic objective of the Clinical Vision Science program is to provide students interested in the profession of orthoptics/ophthalmic medical technology with a strong foundation in the vision sciences and in research techniques. The program is directed at optimizing professional clinical practice by encouraging an integrated approach to the field of the vision sciences and expanding knowledge of the research that underpins much clinical practice.

Students have the option of exiting from the program after the second year with a Graduate Diploma in Orthoptics and Ophthalmic Medical Technology, or completing a thesis for an MSc in Clinical Vision Science.
URL:Clinical Vision Science at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Course Based:Yes
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,834

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Candidates for admission must hold at least a four-year Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours from a university of recognized standing. In addition, applicants are expected to have one or more undergraduate courses in the following subjects: human anatomy, neuroscience (e.g. neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, etc), psychology, physiology, biology, biochemistry, psychophysics. It is also recommended that students have completed courses in research methods (e.g. statistics or research design).

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]
    Application Notes : English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    Applicants are required to submit two academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper. Please visit the website for complete details.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 22, 2016