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Ophthalmic Technology

  • Scooba campus
  • Associate's Degree program
Ophthalmic Technology is a two-year technical program that leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The curriculum requires a minimum of 69 semester hours of courses. The minimum requirements are 47 semester hours of Career-Technical courses in Ophthalmic Technology and 20 hours of academic courses.
Opticianry is defined as “the art and science of optics as applied to compounding, filling, and adapting of ophthalmic prescriptions, products and accessories.” Opticianry describes the preparation (making) of ophthalmic lenses, setting them into spectacle frames, and dispensing (fitting and delivering) them to the wearer. These acts include a large number of activities or trades, ranging from the mechanical act of lens grinding to the personal service of the selection, fitting, and adjusting of a pair of glasses to an individual’s face, selling, and public relations.​

Career Opportunities:


Potential positions for Ophthalmic Technology graduates may be found in doctor’s offices, retail optical stores, wholesale optical laboratories and optical manufacturing companies.



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