University training in France, can I get a diploma and training equivalence?
- The level of training of the optometry doctorate in Quebec corresponds to the "Master" level in France.
- For candidates who have completed the Master's degree in Vision Sciences from Paris-Sud University, recognition of a partial training equivalence is generally possible, see details below.
- For applicants who have completed a Master's degree in Vision Sciences at another university, additional terms and conditions are required to determine if recognition of partial training equivalence is possible, see details below.
- BTS and License courses are not generally recognized as equivalent, see details below
- Candidates who have completed the Master of Vision Science at Université Paris-Sud, including the Master 2 at the Université de Montréal’s School of Optometry (ÉOUM), are generally granted partial equivalence and must successfully complete a bridging program.
- However, candidates who have obtained a Master of Vision Science from Université Paris-Sud, but not the Master 2 from the ÉOUM, are not necessarily granted equivalence. Equivalence may only be granted after the file is reviewed and based on the results of the placement test. If partial equivalence is granted, a bridging program is required.
- A Master of Science in Vision (or similar discipline) from another French university (other than Paris-Sud) does not lead to the automatic recognition of a partial equivalence. This recognition can only be granted after studying the file and following the results of a placement test. If partial equivalence is recognized, successful completion training is also required.
- A bridging program, including the exam from the Optometry Examining Board of Canada, must be passed.
- The required documents must be submitted.
- The required fees must be paid.
- The information session on ethical aspects of practicing optometry in Quebec must be attended.
- The language requirements must be met, as appropriate.
Usual bridging program
The content may vary depending on the candidate's profile, this is based on a Master 1 from the Université Paris-Sud and a Master 2 at the ÉOUM.
A minimum of 40 credits, including the following courses:
- Ocular microbiology and immunology
- Physiology of the eye
- Sensorial adaptations to strabismus
- Oculomotor imbalances (2 courses)
- Ocular health: (2 courses)
- Optometry management/legal issues
- Case study
- Pediatric optometry: genetic and congenital anomalies, clinical examination of young children
- Geriatric optometry: aging of structures and specific examination
- Visual rehabilitation and impairment: low vision examination
- Preparation for the comprehensive examination
- Carefully read the information about the diploma and training equivalence recognition process and the language requirements.
- Fill out and submit the appropriate form to the Order along with a cheque and the other required documents.
- For more details on the required documents, see the “Documents that must be submitted” section.
Training not recognized as equivalent
Examples of French diplomas that are not recognized
- BTS d’opticien-lunetier
- Licence professionnelle d’optique
- Diploma and training equivalence is not granted by the Ordre des optométristes du Québec solely on the basis of these diplomas.
- A diploma and training equivalence application may be submitted to the Ordre des opticiens d’ordonnances du Québec in view of practicing as a dispensing optician in Quebec.
- An application for admission to the doctorate in optometry program at the Université de Montréal may be submitted in view of completing the 5-year program.