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Optical Technician

Overview

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 51.1801 (Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician)

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-2081.00 (Opticians, Dispensing), 51-9083.00 (Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians)

Quarter Credits: 50.5

In Class Clock Hours: 780

Outside Hours: NA

Total Hours: 780

Method of Delivery: Blended

Number of Weeks: 36*

*Weeks May Be Extended Depending On Holiday Schedules

Career Training Objective

The Optical Technician program’s main objective is to offer a comprehensive training program to prepare students for employment in entry-level positions in the field of Opticianry. Graduates are encouraged to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Exam and Contact Lens Registry Exam administered by the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO/NCLE).

The training program is divided into learning units called modules. Students must complete all modules. Each core module stands alone and is not dependent upon previous training. Upon successful completion of the classroom and laboratory training, students are required to complete a 220-hour externship. Completion of the program is acknowledged by the awarding of a diploma.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level positions as opticians, optical lab technicians, optical dispensers, and contact lens fitters. Successfully attaining the available national certifications enhance the graduate's marketability in the field and are required for self-employment, as well as management positions in the optical field.

Instructional Equipment

  • Calculators
  • Charts
  • Diameter Gauges
  • Dispensing Hand Tools
  • Frames
  • Hand Edgers
  • Hand Magnifier
  • Keratometers
  • Layout Blockers
  • Lens Groovers
  • Lens Polishers
  • Lenses
  • Lensometers
  • PD Sticks
  • Pupilometers
  • Radiuscopes
  • Slit Lamps
  • Soft and Rigid Contact Lenses
  • Thickness Gauges
  • Tinting Units
  • Wet/Dry Edgers

 

Program Outline

Program Locations: Los Angeles and Ontario

Required Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

In Class Clock Hours

Quarter Credits

OPT100 Light and Single Vision* 0 80.00 6.0
OPT200 Multifocals* 0 80.00 6.0
OPT300 Frames/Lenses* 0 80.00 6.0
OPT400 Soft Contact Lenses* 0 80.00 6.0
OPT500 Rigid Contact Lenses* 0 80.00 6.0
OPT600 Anatomy/Physiology/Prisms* 0 80.00 6.0
OPT700 Optical Office Procedures* 0 80.00 6.0
EXT-OPT Externship § 220 0.00 8.5
 

Totals

220

560

50.5

Course Number: OPT100

Title Light and Single Vision*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: OPT200

Title Multifocals*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: OPT300

Title Frames/Lenses*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: OPT400

Title Soft Contact Lenses*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: OPT500

Title Rigid Contact Lenses*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: OPT600

Title Anatomy/Physiology/Prisms*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: OPT700

Title Optical Office Procedures*
Clock Hours0
In Class Clock Hours80.00
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: EXT-OPT

Title Externship §
Clock Hours220
In Class Clock Hours0.00
Quarter Credits8.5

TOTALS

Clock Hours

220

In Class Clock Hours

560

Quarter Credits

50.5

§ Courses offered on ground.

*Courses offered in a blended format, a combination of online and on ground.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 50.5

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