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Opticians Apprentice

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: Successful completion of the Opticians Apprentice Career Studies Certificate will prepare students for employment in the eye care field throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This program is offered solely to provide the required related instruction component of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Opticians Apprentice program.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Students who successfully complete this career studies certificate and complete the 6,000 hours of on-the-job training as a Virginia DOLI registered apprentice will be eligible to sit for the licensure examination to become an optician in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, an interview with the Opticianry program head is required before beginning the curriculum. Students must provide proof that they are registered as an Apprentice Optician with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. This career studies certificate may be completed in one to three years. Apprentice students are required to complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year, for a total of 6,000 hours, along with the required courses in this career studies certificate. Students will be required to repeat any OPT course in which a grade lower than “71” is received.

The courses in this certificate are offered via distance learning online with weekly virtual meetings.  Computer literacy is required to be successful.  If a student is not prepared to take an online class, we highly recommend taking ITE 115 (or equivalent course) prior to enrolling in this program.  

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the following expenses may be required for the Opticians Apprentice program: 

USB headset (for all distance courses) $25-75
Testing center fees (for distance clinical courses only) $ varies by location

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment-html/ge_info_221-160-04.html to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. 
HRS.

LAB. 
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

OPT 150

Optical Laboratory Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 151

Optical Laboratory Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 121

Optical Theory I

3

0

3

OPT 122

Optical Theory II

3

0

3

OPT 105

Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Eye

3

0

3

OPT 160

Optical Dispensing Theory I

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Opticians Apprentice 18

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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
Kristina Green Opticians Apprentice CSC KGreen@reynolds.edu 804/523-5415
Richard McCoy Opticians Apprentice CSC RMcCoy@reynolds.edu 804/523-5415

 

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.