Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Optician

Penn Foster Career School's Optician Career Diploma Program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive preparation for certification as an optician. Read more about the Optician Career Diploma here.

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School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Optician Career Diploma Program gives enrolled students the opportunity to learn how to fit eye patients with spectacles and contact lenses. Students receive training in ophthalmic (eyeglass) and contact lense dispensing, optical anatomy and terminology, mathematics for opticianry, and industry-specific business skills. A 120-hour, six-month clinical practicum is a requirement for graduation.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster supplies all of the materials students need to complete the program, including books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids. After completing all program requirements, students are also given several review books to prepare for certification exams.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

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Required Courses for the Optician Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Basic Skills Assessment
  • ALH 020: Introduction to Opticianry
  • HUM 106: Interpersonal Communication
  • ALH 022: Math for Opticians
  • CSC 102: Word and Excel(R)
  • ALH 023: Optical Principles, Terminology, and Anatomy
  • ALH 024: Ophthalmic Dispensing 1
  • ALH 025: Ophthalmic Dispensing 2
  • ALH 026: Contact Lens Dispensing
  • ENG 010: Business English
  • ALH 027: Professional Practice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Penn Foster Optician Career Diploma Program may wish to further their education by pursuing an associate degree. Earning an undergraduate degree may present further opportunities for career advancement.

Degree possibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Applied Science in Vision Care
  • Associate of Science in Opticianry

Career Paths:

The Penn Foster Optician Career Diploma Program helps prepare its graduates for the National Opticianry Competency Examination as well as the Contact Lens Registry Examination. Passing these exams gives national accreditation. Licensing requirements for opticians may vary by state. Students should contact their state's licensing bureau for information on the most current requirements.

Entry-level positions that graduates might pursue include:

  • Optician's assistant
  • Ophthalmic salesperson
  • Optical sales associate