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Optician — Vision Care
Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-516-3

For Information: 414-297-MATC

Overview: The Optician - Vision Care technical diploma program is designed to prepare you to assist patients in the selection of frames and lens materials, take accurate measurements, construct eyewear, and fit and adjust glasses. In addition, the program will prepare you to perform preliminary eye examinations and educate patients about contact lens selection, insertion, removal and care. In the second semester you will put all your skills into practice by working in the on-campus optical dispensary.


Career Outlook: Employment opportunities in this occupation are expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Public awareness of the importance of good eyesight and vision screening is increasing. For additional career information, visit bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/opticians-dispensing.htm


Program Learning Outcomes — When you graduate from this program, employers will expect you to:

  • Lay out, grind, fine and polish ophthalmic lenses
  • Machine and hand-edge lenses
  • Tint lenses
  • Insert lenses into a variety of frames
  • Verify finished eyewear for accuracy
  • Adjust, fit and repair ophthalmic frames
  • Display a knowledge and understanding of contact lens theory, design and use
  • Perform preliminary examinations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of optical business procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical standards

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

 

Future Opportunities: Graduates can sit for the American Board of Opticianry competency examination and/or National Contact Lens Examination.

 

Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2013-14.

   CURRICULUM

 Credits

 


 

 

OPTSCI-110

Optical Theory and Principles 

2

 


 


OPTSCI-111

Orientation to Ophthalmic Dispensing 

3

 


 

 

OPTSCI-112

Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 

2

 


 


OPTSCI-113

Lab Procedures - Surfacing (8 weeks) 

2

 


 

 

OPTSCI-114

Lab Procedures - Finishing (8 weeks) 

3

 


 

 

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 


 

             
  OPTSCI-115 Introduction to Contacts ‡

3


   

 

OPTSCI-116

Optical Business Management 

3

 


 

 

OPTSCI-117

Optical Clinic - Advanced Lab and Dispensary Techniques ‡

4

 


 

 

OPTSCI-119

ABO Certification Review 

2

 


 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 27

 

 

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

 Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

 For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

 Page updated April 2013.