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Opticianry

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The Opticianry program is designed to prepare individuals in the art and science of all phases of the making and fitting of eyeglasses and contact lenses: surfacing, finishing, eyeglass dispensing, contact lens fitting, and dispensing.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Graduation from the program may lead to one of the following occupational goals: Optician, Private Practitioner, Ophthalmic Dispenser, Optical Laboratory Manager, Contact Lens Technician, Branch Manager, Optical Laboratory Technician, Ophthalmic Sales Representative, and Ophthalmic Research Technician.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students admitted into this program will be approved for entry into major/clinical courses (Optical Theory I or higher) when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. Completion of one unit of high school algebra with a grade of “C” or better or its equivalent (Reynolds MTE 3).
  2. Completion of all developmental coursework prescribed as a result of Reynolds placement tests.
  3. In order to be fully accepted into the Opticianry program, applicants must meet with the program head to review their records and to discuss the requirements of a career in Opticianry.

It is also recommended, but not required, that students have completed one unit each of high school biology and physics.

Students acquire direct patient-related practical skills by taking clinical coursework in eyeglass and contact lens at clinical sites assisting customers. Courses in the program are offered on campus as well as via distance learning with in-person or proctor required. Students in the distance program must attend mandatory clinical classes offered at an approved distance learning site. Exams must be taken at an approved testing center as determined by the program head.

Students who receive a final grade lower than “71” in any of the Opticianry courses must obtain permission from the program head to continue the major in Opticianry. Graduation from this program prepares one for the licensing examination and contact lens fitting endorsement given by the Virginia State Board of Opticians. This accredited program is also approved by other states.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the following expenses may be required for the Opticianry program:

  • Eye examination (by the 4th semester) | $35-85
  • Personal pair of safety glasses | $15-50
    (Non-Rx safety eyewear is available for on-campus labs.)
  • White laboratory coat (by the 4th semester) | $20-45
  • Name badge (by the 4th semester) | $8-10
  • USB headset (for all distance courses) | $25-75
  • Mailing costs (for distance clinical courses only) | $ varies by location*
  • Testing center fees (for distance clinical courses only) | $ varies by location

* Distance learning students are required to take proctored exams and complete projects to be sent back to the college throughout the curriculum. Students must have an approved proctor, and, if there is a fee, students are required to pay for the services they decide to use.

NOTE: The above costs are approximate, clinical site dependent, and subject to change.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Those students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

ACCREDITATION: The Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, PO Box 592, Canton, NY 13617; director@coaccreditation.com; 703-468-0566 voice.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

MTH 126

Mathematics 
for Allied Health

3

0

3

OPT 1211

Optical Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 150

Optical Laboratory Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 152

Optical Laboratory Clinical I

0

6

3

TOTAL

10

6

13

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

OPT 122

Optical Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 151

Optical Laboratory Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 153

Optical Laboratory Clinical II

0

6

3

TOTAL

12

6

15

___ ___2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

OPT 160

Optical Dispensing Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 165

Optical Dispensing Clinical I

0

4

2

OPT 273

Contact Lens Theory I

3

0

3

TOTAL

6-7

4-6

9

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

OPT 105

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Eye

3

0

3

OPT 260

Optical Dispensing Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 271

Optical Dispensing Clinical II

0

12

3

OPT 274

Contact Lens Theory II

3

0

3

TOTAL

12

12

15

OPT 154

Optical Business Management

3

0

3

OPT 280

Contact Lens Clinical

0

6

3

OPT 272

Optical Dispensing Clinical III

0

12

3

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

9

18

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Opticianry 67

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1 Math 126 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for OPT 121.

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.