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Clinical Vision Science

24 months
18603 CAD/year
11211 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Clinical Vision Science Program is an innovative graduate program developed through a unique partnership of the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University.


It is directed at optimizing professional clinical practice in orthoptics and ophthalmic medical technology. The Clinical Vision Science program at Dalhousie University encourages an integrated approach to the field of vision sciences.

We provide students with a strong foundation in clinical vision sciences (including neuroscience and neuropharmacology). Students learn to analyze and relate research findings to clinical experience, skills vital for superior diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our graduates will therefore be well prepared for both clinical and research-based practices.

History of program

The Clinical Vision Science Program of Dalhousie University was implemented in 2003 based on 20 years of training expertise of its predecessor, the School of Orthoptics and Ophthalmic Medical Technology at the IWK Health Centre. The school has long been internationally respected for the calibre of its orthoptic education program. We are the largest orthoptic education centre in Canada and the only training program that offers graduates the opportunity to gain certification in orthoptics and ophthalmic medical technology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vision Science: Afferent System
  • Physical and Visual Optics
  • Clinical Foundations of Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • Extraocular Motility Disorders
  • Vision Science: Efferent System

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Admission requirements for the MSc in Clinical Vision Science include a bachelor’s degree with honours or a bachelor’s degree with 4 years of undergraduate study from a recognized institution of higher education with a minimum of B average (GPA 3.0).
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing
  • Complete the graduate application form (online application)
  • Pay $115 application fee
  • An official academic transcript and degree certificate (if degree conferral not stated on Transcripts) for each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two academic reference letters
In addition, applicants should have at least one undergraduate class from the following list:
  • human anatomy
  • neuroscience, e.g. neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, etc.
  • psychology
  • physiology
  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • psychophysics

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18603 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18603 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    11211 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11211 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Clinical Vision Science
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