Opticianry AAS
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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:

  • Applicants must meet with the program head to review their records and to discuss the requirements of the program and a career in Opticianry. 
  • It is also recommended, but not required, that students have completed one unit each of high school algebra, biology, and physics. 

Students acquire direct patient-related practical skills by taking eyeglass and contact lens clinical coursework at clinical sites assisting customers. All students must complete an Assumption of Risk agreement prior to taking any clinical courses. 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.

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 state licensing boards. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES FOR OPTICIANRY AAS DEGREE:

Students who complete the Opticianry AAS degree will be expected to

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and technical optical knowledge at a level of a licensed optician in the state of Virginia and other states requiring accreditation with similar requirements.
  2. Demonstrate clinical optical skills at a level of a licensed optician in the state of Virginia and other states requiring accreditation with similar requirements.
  3. Demonstrate clinical competency in basic contact lens fitting.
  4. Demonstrate entry-level business skills for the opticianry profession.

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 | $20-45
  • Name badge | $8-10
  • USB headset (for all online lecture courses) | $25-75
  • Mailing costs (for distance clinical courses only) | $ varies by location*
  • Testing center fees (for distance clinical courses only) | $ varies by location
  • Optical tools or equipment (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. 

**Distance learning students in a clinical setting must have access to specific optical tools and equipment in order to successfully complete coursework. Dependent upon the clinical site, students using off-campus locations may need to purchase tools or equipment if they do not have access to them at their approved location. 

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. This requirement must be satisfied by the end of the second semester to continue in the program. 

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: 

  1. Students who receive a final grade lower than “71” in any of the Opticianry courses must repeat the course and gain permission from the program head to continue in the program. 
  2. The college offers this program in affiliation with the health care 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 health care 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.

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE DATA FOR OPTICIANRY GRADUATES: The following table presents the pass rates on the first attempt for certification/licensure exams and employment rates for Reynolds opticianry graduates for 2012-2018

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

American Board of Opticianry (ABO)

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Virginia State Board for Opticians

100%

75%

80%

88%

92%

94%

100%

Employment

100%

100%

93%

100%

100%

100%

100%

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.

Order

Course

Title

Credits

1

SDV 1011 Orientation to Health Science 1

2

MTH 111 Basic Technical Mathematics 3

3

OPT 121 Optical Theory I 3

4

OPT 150 Optical Laboratory Theory I 3

5

OPT 152 Optical Laboratory Clinical I 3

6

ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3

7

OPT 105 Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Eye 3

8

OPT 122 Optical Theory II 3

9

OPT 151 Optical Laboratory Theory II 3

10

OPT 153 Optical Laboratory Clinical II 3

11

PED 1092
or
PED 1112
or
HLT 1052
Personal Wellness Elective 1

12

OPT 160 Optical Dispensing Theory I 3

13

OPT 165 Optical Dispensing Clinical I 2

14

OPT 273 Contact Lens Theory I 3

15

ENG 111 College Composition I 3

16

ENG 112 College Composition II 3

17

OPT 260 Optical Dispensing Theory II 3

18

OPT 271 Optical Dispensing Clinical II 3

19

OPT 274 Contact Lens Theory II 3

20

OPT 154 Optical Business Management 3

21

OPT 280 Contact Lens Clinical 3

22

OPT 272 Optical Dispensing Clinical III 3

23

ECO 2012
or
PSY 2002
or
PSY 2302
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3

24

ASL 1252
or
PHI 2202
or
REL 2312
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

TOTAL

 Opticianry Associate of Applied Science 67

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1 SDV 100 may be substituted for SDV 101.

2 Choose one elective.


Name Program Email Phone
Leah Exline Opticianry AAS LExline@reynolds.edu 804/523-5415

 

Common Job Titles1: Edger Technician; Finishing Lab Technician; Grinder; Lab Technician (Laboratory Technician); Lens Grinder and Polisher; Line Operator; Optical Lab Technician (Optical Laboratory Technician); Optical Technician; Polisher; Surfacing Technician


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 105

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $21,800 - $38,500


Common Job Titles1: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant; Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician; Certified Ophthalmic Technician; Certified Ophthalmic Technician with Surgical Assisting; Certified Ophthalmic Technician-Surgical Assistant (COT-SA); Ophthalmic Assistant; Ophthalmic Medical Assistant; Ophthalmic Medical Technician; Ophthalmic Technician; Surgical Coordinator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 281

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $26,500 - $42,700


Common Job Titles1: Certified Optician; Contact Lens Technician; Dispensing Optician; Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO); Licensed Optician; Ophthalmic Dispenser; Optical Technician; Optician; Optometric Assistant; Optometric Technician


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 302

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $35,800 - $50,700


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029).

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.