A QUICK INTRO
One of only two such programs in the state, Opticianry prepares you to adapt and fit corrective eyewear or ophthalmic devices as prescribed by the ophthalmologist or optometrist.
WHAT YOU STUDY
Students will acquire competencies in all phases of opticianry, including analysis and interpretation of prescriptions; surfacing, benchwork, dispensing, and fitting of eyewear and ophthalmic devices; maintenance of consumer records; effective communication with consumers; and business management skills.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Graduates should qualify to take certification examinations given by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, and the North Carolina State Board of Opticians, as well as other state licensing boards.
COA accreditation status is scheduled for Fall 2023. Those who apply now will graduate from an accredited
*pending approval from the Commission of Opticianry Accreditation
WHAT YOU CAN EARN
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A CLOSER LOOK
Check out this video to learn about the program and the perks of working in this field.
Click on title for course description. For your convenience, the following listing includes only credit hours for each course. For a comprehensive listing of classroom, lab and clinical hours for each course, click on this PDF.
Courses may be taken remotely. In-person requirements include a once weekly lab day on Fridays or Saturdays.
FALL SEMESTER 1
|ACA||111||College Student Success||1|
|ENG||111||Writing & Inquiry||3|
|OPH||121||Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye||3|
|OPH||131||Optical Dispensing I||3|
|OPH||141||Optical Theory I||3|
SPRING SEMESTER 1
|ENG||114||Pro. Research & Reporting||3|
|OPH||111||Ophthalmic Laboratory I||3|
|OPH||132||Optical Dispensing II||4|
|OPH||142||Optical Theory II||3|
|CIS||110||Introduction to Computers||3|
FALL SEMESTER 2
|BUS||110||Introduction to Business||3|
|OPH||112||Ophthalmic Laboratory II||3|
|OPH||233||Advanced Optical Procedures||4|
|OPH||251||Optical Internship I||1|
|OPH||261||Contact Lenses I||4|
SPRING SEMESTER 2
|OPH||222||Optical Business Management||3|
|OPH||262||Contact Lenses II||4|
|OPH||282||Optical Externship II||2|