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Career Diploma - Optician

Penn Foster Colleges Optician Career Diploma Program is designed to provide a flexible option for students interested in learning the terminology, tools, and dispensing procedures required for today's professional opticians. Read on to learn more about this online program.

Official Program Name:

Career Diploma - Optician

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster College

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster College's Optician Career Diploma program is geared toward students who aspire to learn the fundamental skills and knowledge to begin their path toward working as a professional optician. Beginning with a basic math and reading assessment, the curriculum of this program is designed to introduce students to the field of opticianry, while blending career-critical business, software, communication, and mathematics skills. Students will have the opportunity to take a focused look at the anatomy of the human eye, its disorders, and how lenses may be used to correct vision. Then, students get the chance to learn ophthalmic dispensing techniques, with coursework in taking facial measurements, adjusting frames, selecting appropriate lenses and frames, and interpreting prescriptions. Graduates of the Penn Foster Optician Program are prepared to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE), which is administered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). Those who pass the NOCE are awarded the ABOC (ABO certified) credential. Graduates are also prepared to sit for the Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE), which is administered by the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). Those who pass the CLRE are awarded the NCLEC (NCLE certified) credential.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster College:

Penn Foster supplies several learning aids for this program including textbooks and manuals, projects, and prep materials for the ABO/NCLE certification exams. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments.

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Required Courses for an Optician Career Diploma:

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

  • Basic Skills Assessment
  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Opticianry
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Graded Project
  • Math for Opticians
  • Computer Applications
  • Graded Project: Microsoft Word
  • Graded Project: Microsoft Excel
  • Optical Principles, Terminology, and Anatomy
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing 1
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing 2
  • Contact Lens Dispensing
  • Business English
  • Professional Practice
  • National Certification Preparation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this career diploma program might be interested in pursuing a more advanced study of the field through a two-year degree program that specializes in opticianry. An associate's degree could lead to additional responsibilities in the workplace, or enhanced career opportunities. An associate's degree may also be required to earn a license from a state opticianry board (licensing requirements vary from state to state). Prospective students might be interested in degree programs like the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Opticianry
  • Associate of Applied Science in Vision Care Technology

Career Paths:

In addition to providing career-ready skills and knowledge, the Optician Career Diploma program at Penn Foster is designed to prepare its graduates to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination and the Contact Lens Registry Examination, to earn ABO and NCLE professional credentials (respectively). Having a professional credential is a good way to demonstrate competency in fundamental optical principles, and may be highly desirable when seeking opticianry positions.

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