Students in class

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:

  • Completion of one unit of high school algebra with a grade of “C” or better or its equivalent (Reynolds MTE 3).
  • Completion of all developmental coursework prescribed as a result of Reynolds placement tests.
  • In order to be fully accepted into the Opticianry program, 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 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.

Students who receive a final grade lower than “71” in any of the Opticianry courses must obtain permission from the program head to continue the major in Opticianry. 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 states.

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: The college offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare 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 healthcare 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 first attempt for certification/licensure exams and employment rates for Reynolds opticianry graduates for 2009-2016:

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

American Board of Opticianry (ABO)

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Virginia State Board for Opticians

100%

100%

100%

100%

75%

80%

88%

92%

Employment

70%

100%

95%

100%

100%

93%

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.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. 
HRS.

LAB. 
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

MTH 126
or
MTH 163

Mathematics for Allied Health or

Precalculus I

3

0

3

OPT 1211

Optical Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 150

Optical Laboratory Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 152

Optical Laboratory Clinical I

0

6

3

TOTAL

10

6

13

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

OPT 122

Optical Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 151

Optical Laboratory Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 153

Optical Laboratory Clinical II

0

6

3

TOTAL

12

6

15

___ ___2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

OPT 160

Optical Dispensing Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 165

Optical Dispensing Clinical I

0

4

2

OPT 273

Contact Lens Theory I

3

0

3

TOTAL

6-7

4-6

9

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

OPT 105

Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Eye

3

0

3

OPT 260

Optical Dispensing Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 271

Optical Dispensing Clinical II

0

12

3

OPT 274

Contact Lens Theory II

3

0

3

TOTAL

12

12

15

OPT 154

Optical Business Management

3

0

3

OPT 280

Contact Lens Clinical

0

6

3

OPT 272

Optical Dispensing Clinical III

0

12

3

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

9

18

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Opticianry 67

02.16.17

1 Math 126 meets the graduation requirement for the AAS degree in Opticianry.  Students planning to pursue a four-year degree may take MTH 163.  The math course is a co-requisite for OPT 121.

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

OPTICIANRY

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

Considers the fundamentals of various body systems and principles of human physiology; methods of drug delivery, including the advantages and disadvantages of drops, ointments, and sustained release systems; systemic use of medications; basic characteristics of common external and internal diseases of the eye; and ocular emergencies.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 121 Optical Theory I 3 cr.

Introduces theory and application of ophthalmic lenses. Presents history, basic manufacturing and quality standards of ophthalmic lenses, propagation of light, refraction and dioptric measurements, true power, surface power, and nominal lens formula. Explains lens makers' equation, boxing system, spherical lens design, fundamental aspects of cylindrical lenses, spherocylinder lens design, and flat and toric transposition.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MTH 126.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 122 Optical Theory II 3 cr.

Explores the development of multifocal lenses, application of multifocal lenses, survey of current ophthalmic lens, the properties of spherocylinder lenses, and an in-depth analysis of the optics of ophthalmic prisms, which includes prism notation, vertical imbalance, and anisometropia.Prerequisite: OPT 121 or equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 150 Optical Laboratory Theory I 3 cr.

Introduces the student to the terminology, instruments, lens, frames, and materials used in the surfacing and finishing of optical prescription eyewear. Focuses on the lensometry and fabrication of single vision eyewear and presents personal and environmental safety issues.Co-requisite: OPT 152.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 151 Optical Laboratory Theory II 3 cr.

Covers making eyeglasses with advanced prescriptions and frames. Includes verification and neutralization techniques for single vision, bifocal, multifocal, and progressive lens designs, frame repair, accomplishing prescribed prism by decentration, verification and neutralization, semi-rimless glasses, and multifocal glasses.Prerequisites: OPT 150 and OPT 152 or equivalent.Co-requisite: OPT 153.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 152 Optical Laboratory Clinical I 3 cr.

Provides the clinical component of OPT 150. Provides students the opportunity to learn clinical skills in fundamental optical laboratory tasks at the entry level under the direction and supervision of a preceptor. Emphasizes accuracy and attaining skills that meet acceptable professional standards.Co-requisite: OPT 150.Laboratory 6 hours per week

OPT 153 Optical Laboratory Clinical II 3 cr.

Provides the clinical component of OPT 151. Presents students with an opportunity to learn clinical skills for optical laboratory tasks at the advanced level under the direction and supervision of a preceptor. Emphasizes accuracy and the attainment of skills that meet acceptable professional standards.Prerequisites: OPT 150 and OPT 152 or equivalent.Co-requisite: OPT 151.Laboratory 6 hours per week

OPT 154 Optical Business Management 3 cr.

Covers basic management and leadership skills necessary for a successful eye care office. Teaches the analysis, creative thinking, judgment, planning strategy, and implementation skills necessary for today's optical business challenges.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 160 Optical Dispensing Theory I 3 cr.

Introduces the student to the skills necessary for becoming a dispensing optician. Includes the history of the profession, patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques.Prerequisite: OPT 121 or equivalent.Co-requisite: OPT 165.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 165 Optical Dispensing Clinical I 2 cr.

Provides the student with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary for becoming a dispensing optician. Covers patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques. Serves as the clinical component of OPT 160.Prerequisite: OPT 121 or equivalent.Co-requisite: OPT 160.Laboratory 4 hours per week

OPT 260 Optical Dispensing Theory II 3 cr.

Focuses on the development and refinement of the skills necessary for students to become a licensed dispensing optician, including patient/client measurements, presbyopic options, frame and lens materials, absorptive lenses, frame and lens selection, safety and sports eyewear, prescription analysis to include considerations for spectacle magnification and tilt, low vision aids, and adjustment techniques.Prerequisites: OPT 160 and OPT 165 or equivalent.Co-requisite: OPT 271.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 271 Optical Dispensing Clinical II 3 cr.

Focuses on the development and refinement of the skills necessary for students to become a licensed dispensing optician, including patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques. Serves as the clinical component of OPT 260.Prerequisites: OPT 160 and OPT 165 or equivalent.Co-requisite: OPT 260.Laboratory 12 hours per week

OPT 272 Optical Dispensing Clinical III 3 cr.

Focuses on the development and refinement of the skills necessary for students to become a licensed dispensing optician, including patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques.Prerequisite: OPT 271.Laboratory 12 hours per week

OPT 273 Contact Lens Theory I 3 cr.

Introduces basic concepts and techniques of contact lens fitting, contact lens design, contact lens materials, and contact lens nomenclature. Covers contact lens insertion and removal techniques and basic slit lamp and keratometry skills.Prerequisite: NAS 176 or OPT 105 or equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 274 Contact Lens Theory II 3 cr.

Explores soft spherical and gas permeable contact lens fitting philosophies, tolerances, and designs. Develops the student's patient evaluation skills, patient training skills, and skills for evaluating the fit and verification of contact lenses.Prerequisite: OPT 273 or equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

OPT 280 Contact Lens Clinical 3 cr.

Promotes the development of clinical skills in fundamental contact lens tasks at the entry level under the direction and supervision of a preceptor. Emphasizes professional standards.Prerequisite: OPT 274 or equivalent.Laboratory 6 hours per week


Name Program Email Phone
Richard McCoy Opticianry AAS RMcCoy@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 number of jobs by 2026: 94

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $26,100 - $44,700


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 number of jobs by 2026: 211

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $23,500 - $43,100


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 number of jobs by 2026: 357

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $22,000 - $50,200


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

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 accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.