The IU School of Optometry offers a two-year program leading to the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Optometric Technology/Opticianry. Students completing the program are qualified to begin careers as optometric technicians and/or opticians. This course of study offers an excellent entry point into one of the most interesting areas in the health care field.
The program takes four semesters to complete, if the student has not taken any previous college courses. The general, nontechnical courses, such as English composition, may be completed either before or after the technical courses. An additional option allows a student to become a laboratory optician by completing courses in lens surfacing and fabrication (Opticians' Laboratory Concentration).
For the most up-to-date information, visit the program's Web site at http://www.opt.indiana.edu/opttech/.
1 Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, American Optometric Association, 243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63141; (314) 991-4100
To educate and train individuals to be optometric technicians and opticians.
Opticians fill eyewear prescriptions. Their training includes dispensing eye wear, selecting frames, taking facial measurements, and choosing the best lens style for the patient. They take the order written by the eye doctor, produce the lenses with the correct prescription, and shape the lenses to fit the frame.
Optometric technicians must know how to take facial measurements and how to select and adjust frames. In addition, they learn business procedures and may be responsible for managing the doctor's office. They work closely with the eye doctor as part of the eye care team. Their tasks include measuring visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, field of vision, and pressures within the eye. They assist in various contact lens procedures and also teach contact lens patients to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses.
Most opticians and optometric technicians are employed in the optical industry or by optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists. Some are employed as managers of optical dispensaries or laboratories. Graduates of the Optician/Technician Program may also work in an optical laboratory or for a lens, frame, contact lens, or instrument company.
The school's placement service is available online! Both opportunity providers and seekers can post their information directly to the Web via online forms. Providers or seekers can also search profiles/opportunities by geographic area.
Information will remain on the site for six months and is designed to support both students and alumni. This service is available at www.opt.indiana.edu and looking for the Placement Service link. Currently, the demand for opticians and technicians is very high.
Applications must be submitted to both Indiana University (if not currently enrolled) and the Optician/Technician Program. A new class begins each fall, but students with previous college experience may be able to begin the program in the spring semester by taking one optician/ technician course (TOPT V 153) and completing general education requirements. Early graduation is possible, if the student chooses to attend summer sessions.
Students planning to apply for admission to the Optician/Technician Program should complete courses in high school required for admission to Indiana University. Admission standards can be found in the section of this bulletin entitled "Undergraduate Admissions Policy." In most cases, current IU students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and who are in good standing can expect to be admitted to the Optician/ Technician Program.
Requests for additional information and application forms should be directed to Office of Student Administration, School of Optometry, 800 E. Atwater Avenue, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-3680; (812) 855-1917; fax (812) 855¬4389; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see www.opt.indiana.edu.
Graduates of the Optician/Technician Program may become certified in the opticianry field. The National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) is spectacle-related and given by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). This exam consists of questions on the skills and knowledge required for competency in ophthalmic dispensing. The Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE) is given by the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) for certification in contact lens dispensing. Both written exams are offered twice a year, in May and November, at numerous sites across the country. One or both certifications may be required by the state in which the optician plans to locate as some states require optician licensing. Many of these states use the ABO and/or NCLE certification exams as part of their licensing process. Applications are available in the Office of Student Administration.
For more information regarding certification, contact: American Board of Opticianry, ABO/NCLE, 6506 Loisdale Road, Suite 209, Springfield, VA 22150; (703) 719-5800; fax (703) 719-9144; www.abo.org; e-mail: email@example.com.
Graduates of the Optician/Technician Program may also become certified through a program offered by the American Optometric Association Paraoptometric Section. The certification program consists of three levels; however, graduates of the program or students in their last semester of study in the IU Optician/Technician Program will be allowed to skip the first level and be eligible to sit for the second- or third-level written exams. They will be exempt from taking the practical exam, which is part of the third-level testing. Certification is obtained by passing examinations given at various locations in the United States. Certification, while not required, is recognized in the optometry field as an assurance of the basic knowledge necessary to perform the functions of an optometric technician.
For more information, contact: American Optometric Association, Paraoptometric Section, 243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63141-7881; (314) 991-4100 or 800-365-2219; fax (314) 991-4101; www.aoa.org.
The non-V-lettered courses are offered outside of the School of Optometry and may be taken before or after completing the V-lettered technology courses.
No course listed as required for graduation may be taken Pass/Fail. This includes courses within the School of Optometry as well as those requirements which are selected by the student from generalized groups of courses offered outside the School of Optometry. Examples of such courses are the Business Studies and the Natural and Mathematical Studies/Social and Historical Studies requirements. Any other courses outside the curriculum may be taken Pass/Fail.
1 Business studies courses should be chosen from a list provided by your optometry academic advisor.
Students may elect to take the Opticians' Laboratory Concentration in lieu of C 121 or C 122 and a 3 credit hour business studies elective or 6 credit hours of business studies elective courses. The Opticians' Laboratory Concentration includes practical experience in all aspects of the optical laboratory and a study of the optics necessary to understand lens surfacing. Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all three concentration courses: V 210 Fabrication Practicum I, V 211 Fabrication Practicum II, and V 221 Ophthalmic Lens Surfacing and Optics.
In the event that enrollment limits are exceeded for the Opticians' Laboratory Concentration courses, admission to V 210 and V 211 may require permission to enroll. Decisions will be made by the program director and the optical laboratory management.
In certain instances, a student may take V 210 Fabrication Practicum I as early as the summer following the completion of the first year of Optician/Technician Program studies. Because V 221 is a prerequisite or corequisite for V 211 Fabrication Practicum II, the student must then enroll in V 221 Ophthalmic Lens Surfacing and Optics the following fall semester.
Academic standards are listed in the Optician/Technician Program's student handbook and are the same as listed in the University Division Planner.
Except for V 153 Ophthalmic Dispensing and V 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, the following courses are open only to students who have been admitted to the Optician/Technician Program. The number of credit hours for a course is indicated in parentheses following the course title. The abbreviation "P" refers to course prerequisite(s). The abbreviation "C" refers to corequisite(s).
V 111 Basic Optics (5 cr.) Lectures and laboratory exercises concerning basic optical principles with the addition of geometrical/theoretical optics.
V 121 Ophthalmic Lens Finishing (4 cr.) P: V 111. Lecture and laboratory instruction in the finishing of ophthalmic lenses, including lens selection, decentration, orientation, and mounting. Related lens topics such as lens safety requirements and absorptive lens characteristics are also included. Students must demonstrate the ability to produce a spectacle lens prescription that is both visibly pleasing and optically sound.
V 131 Ophthalmic Optics (5 cr.)1 P: V 111. Optical characteristics and design of standard ophthalmic, single vision, multifocal, absorptive, coated, occupational, low vision, and sports vision lenses; prescription verification; prismatic effects; and lens decentration.
V 151 Ophthalmic Procedures 1 (4 cr.)1 Techniques and theory used in optometric practice, including case history, visual acuity, refractive errors, keratometry and ophthalmometry, visual fields, color vision, eye movements, binocular vision, accommodation, convergence and divergence, visual axis deviation, strabismus, visual pathway, and pupillary reflexes.
V 153 Ophthalmic Dispensing (4 cr.)1 Areas of study will include frame types and parts; facial measurements for fitting; functional and cosmetic aspects of frame selection; and frame alignment, adjusting, and repair.
V 174 Office Procedures (4 cr.) Office procedures as applied to an ophthalmic practice, including telephone etiquette, appointment systems, bookkeeping, payroll records, third-party systems, recalls, computers, and other business management methods.
V 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 cr.) The cell; the structure and function of the visual system, including the eye, the orbit and adnexa; the visual pathway; the nervous system and brain; ocular motility; ocular reflexes.
V 210 Fabrication Practicum I (3 cr.) P: V 121 and V 131. Students are offered practical experience in all phases of the operation of a prescription optical laboratory. Theory in ophthalmic prescription work is combined with the development of skills necessary to assure that finished eyewear will be both optically correct and aesthetically pleasing.
V 211 Fabrication Practicum II (3 cr.) P: V 210; P or C: V 221. Students are offered practical experience in all phases of the operation of a prescription optical laboratory. Theory in ophthalmic prescription work is combined with the development of skills necessary to assure that finished eyewear will be both optically correct and aesthetically pleasing.
V 221 Ophthalmic Lens Surfacing and Optics (4 cr.) P: V 121, V 131. Theory and practice of ophthalmic optics, spectacle lens surfacing, and selected topics of interest to the ophthalmic community. Subjects include single vision, multifocal and progressive addition lenses, base curves, lens thickness, application of prism, correction of vertical imbalance, high-powered lens prescriptions, aspheric lenses, and aniseikonia.
V 232 Contact Lens Methods and Procedures (4 cr.) P: V 131. Contact lens patient evaluation; instruction in insertion, removal, and hygiene; lens design, ordering, verification, and modification; lens materials, care products, and complications; an introduction to specialty lenses.
V 251 Ophthalmic Procedures 2 (3 cr.)1 P: C- or above in V 151. Further principlesand techniques used in ophthalmic practice, including glaucoma and tonometry, hypertension and measurement of blood pressure, diabetes, ocular pathology, ocular pharmacology, biomicroscopy, vision screening, blindness and partial sight, low-vision aids.
V 254 Clinic Practicum 1 (4 cr.)1 P: V 121 and a grade of C- or above in V 131 and V 153. Clinical experience in frame selection, dispensing, adjustment, verification, and repair of eyewear.
V 255 Clinic Practicum 2 (3 cr.)1 P: V121 and a grade of C- or above in V 131, V 151, V 153, and V 251. Practical application of technical and managerial skills learned in courses and laboratories by assisting clinicians and instructors in the optometry clinics.
V 256 External Clinics (3 cr.)1 P: V 121 and a grade of C- or above in V 131, V 151, V 153, and V 251. Practical application of clinical skills by assisting clinicians and consultants in the external clinics.
V 269 Selected Studies (3 cr.) The student selects a clinical area of interest for further study.
V 275 Topical Seminar (1 cr.) Selected topics of interest.
The following required courses are offered by departments outside the School of Optometry. For descriptions of electives in business studies, see the Kelley School of Business course descriptions. For electives in natural and mathematical sciences (N&M) or social and historical studies (S&H), and for courses not offered by the business school, consult the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.
C 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.) Theory and practice of public speaking: training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content; analysis of components of effective delivery and language. Department of Communication and Culture, College of Arts and Sciences
C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) Introduction to core communication concepts and processes of face-to face interaction from the perspective of communication competence. Analyzes variability in the design, production, exchange, and interpretation of messages in relational, family, professional, and cultural contexts. Department of Communication and Culture, College of Arts and Sciences
H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care (3 cr.) Lecture and demonstration on first-aid measures for wounds, hemorrhage, burns, exposure, sprains, dislocations, fractures, unconscious conditions, suffocation, drowning, and poisons, with skill training in all procedures. Introduction to CPR included. School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)
W 131 Elementary Composition (3 cr.) Offers instruction and practice in the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills required in college. Emphasis is on written assignments that require synthesis, analysis, and argument based on sources. Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
1V 131, V 151, V 153, V 251, V 254, V 255, and V 256 must each be completed with a final grade of C- or above.
Graduation with Honors
The Associate of Science in Optometric Technology/Opticianry degree is granted with distinction to students who have demonstrated laudatory scholarship in their studies and graduate within the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The specific honor is noted on the graduate's diploma. The Optician/Technician cumulative program grade point average and the corresponding citations are 3.70, with distinction; 3.80, with high distinction; 3.90, with highest distinction.
Awards and Recognitions
Each year, many awards are presented to School of Optometry students. Periodically, students will receive notices regarding eligibility and application deadlines. Inquiries should be directed to the School of Optometry's Office of Student Administration or to the faculty chairperson of the Awards and Honors Committee. The actual list of awards may vary from year to year and not all awards are presented each year.
Second-Year Optician/Technician Students
Essilor of America Award of Excellence
Indiana University Optometry Alumni Association Awards: (1) Technician of the Year, (2) Optician of the Year, (3) Contact Lens Awards
Robert G. Corns, O.D., Scholarship for Optician/Technician students.
The principal organizations open to, and governed by, students from all degree programs in the School of Optometry are listed in the "Professional Optometry Degree Program" section of this bulletin.
The Indiana University Bloomington Office of Student Financial Assistance offers information and assistance concerning a variety of grants, loans, and other student financial aid. These include but are not limited to Federal Pell Grants, SSACI grants for Indiana residents, Federal Direct Student Loans, and the Federal Work-Study Program.
Application for student financial aid is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and having the information sent to IU Bloomington at School Code 001809. Apply between January 1 and March 1 each year for the academic year beginning in late August. The March 1 date is an actual deadline for Indiana state grants and a priority date for other types of federal aid. If you file after March 1, you will still be considered for Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans, but you may miss out on other valuable financial aid opportunities.
The IU Office of Student Financial Assistance is located in Room 208, Franklin Hall, Bloomington, IN 47405; (812) 855-0321; Web site: www.indiana. edu/~sfa. The School of Optometry also has its own part-time financial aid administrator available for in-person or telephone appointments. You may make contact by phone at (812) 855-1917 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.