Optician/Technician Program (AS)
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.
|V 111||Basic Optics||5|
|V 151||Ophthalmic Procedures 1
|V 174||Office Procedures||4|
|V 201||Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye||3|
|V 121||Ophthalmic Lens Finishing||4|
|V 131||Ophthalmic Optics||5|
|V 153||Ophthalmic Dispensing||4|
|V 251||Ophthalmic Procedures 2
Optional Summer Session
Completing courses during the summer session leads to early graduation.
- Clinic Practicum
- Other requirements
|V 221||Ophthalmic Lens Surfacing and Optics||4|
|V 232||Contact Lens Methods and Procedures||4|
|V 254||Clinic Practicum 1
|W 131||Elementary Composition 2||3|
|V 211||Fabrication Practicum II (or Business Studies1)||3|
|V 255||Clinic Practicum 2
|V 256||External Clinics||3|
|H 160||First Aid and Emergency Care3||3|
|Social & Historical Studies elective4||3|
Minimum total credit hours required for A.S. degree: 65
Note: All Optician/Technician V-lettered courses must be completed within four years of matriculation; any exceptions require a written petition to the Academic Review Committee.
3 Standard first aid with adult CPR course through the American Red Cross may be substituted for H 160 with your advisor’s approval. No credit hours are earned in the Red Cross course. Consequently, 3 credit hours of a general elective must be completed to achieve a total of 65 credit hours required for graduation. Substitution is granted after students present their Red Cross certification card to the Office of Student Administration.
4 The 3 credit hours may be selected from courses acceptable for the social and historical studies (S&H) requirement, as listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin. Please note that this requirement may be fulfilled concurrently by selecting either Economics E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics or E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics in the business studies group requirements. However, a minimum of 65 credit hours is required for graduation.
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 Social and Historical Studies requirements. Any other courses outside the curriculum may be taken Pass/Fail.
Opticians’ Laboratory Concentration
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.