2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ophthalmic Technology: Ophthalmic Dispensing Technician, AAS



This is a limited-entry program. Some of these courses are program prerequisites and MUST be completed before a student is considered eligible for entry into the Program. Students MUST attend a Health Programs orientation and meet with a Health Programs advisor for additional advisement.


The Ophthalmic Technology Program prepares graduates to be licensed opticians. The program consists of systematic instruction and experience in all aspects of the work in the profession. The program includes instruction and laboratory training in: contact lens skills, eye wear dispensing skills, lens finishing techniques, lens surfacing techniques, as well as sales techniques, basic business operations and communications. Instruction and practice in low vision aids, physician assisting skills, and ocular prosthetics are also covered.

Graduates of the program are prepared to take the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners certification examinations. Graduates are also prepared to take the Nevada Board of dispensing Opticians licensing examination.

Graduates of the program can gain employment as manufacturing opticians, dispensing opticians, entry level management positions in vision care, as well as open their own independent vision care facility.


Accrediting Agency: Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, PO Box 592 Canton NY, 13617, (703) 468 0566.


Academic Map: AAS Ophthalmic Technology: Ophthalmic Dispensing Technician  


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform all the daily tasks of a laboratory and dispensing optician in a competent manner.
  2. Analyze the prescriptive and lifestyle needs of a patient and make appropriate recommendations for optical devices.
  3. Be qualified as a candidate for the ABO, NCLE, and Nevada State Board of Dispensing Opticians licensing examinations.

General Education Requirements



Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

English Composition (3-5 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level ENG course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Natural Science (3 Credits)

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (3 Credits)

  • any AM prefix course
  • or  any ANTH prefix course (except ANTH 102 and ANTH 110L)
  • or  any ART prefix course
  • or  any COM prefix course
  • or  any ECON prefix course
  • or   or above
  • or  
  • or  any HIST prefix course
  • or  any MUS prefix course (except MUS 100)
  • or  any PHIL prefix course
  • or  any PSC prefix course
  • or  any PSY prefix course
  • or  any SOC prefix course
  • or  any THTR prefix course (except THTR 275)
  • or  
  • or   World Languages (this includes the following course prefixes: ARA, ARM, CHI, FIL, FREN, GER, GRE, ITAL, JPN, KOR, LAT, PORT, RUS, SPAN, and THAI)