Opticianry - OP13

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

 The Opticianry degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's Opticianry field. A licensed dispensing optician (LDO) can be described as a visual pharmacist who fills the written prescription orders of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. The opticianry program teaches students how to fabricate prescription lenses,from semi finished lens blanks, to be inserted into fashionable eyewear worn by the patient. Adjusting and fitting eyewear as well as frame selection and dispensing are also part of the curriculum. The Opticianry program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of Opticianry management. Graduates of the program receive an Opticianry degree.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores (Please see the Student Catalog for acceptable placement test scores).

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Core Courses (15 hours)
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 hours)

Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
XXX
xxx
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 hours)

Prereqs: Placement Test Score or MATH 0090 AND Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes algebra, statistics, and mathematics of finance. Topics include fundamental operations of algebra, sets and logic, probability and statistics, geometry, mathematics of voting and districting, and mathematics of finance.
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.
MATH
1111
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Choose One of the Following (3 hours)
3

Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.

Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.
Additional General Education Core Elective (3 hours)
SPCH
1101
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

Coreqs: None

Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
Occupational Courses (56 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to the eye-care field and the profession of Opticianry. Emphasis is placed on the scope of activities performed by opticians. Topics include: scope and practice of a licensed optician; eye-care professions; major divisions of Opticianry; basic ocular anatomy; light and refraction; vision problems; corrective lenses; and national and state regulations.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Develops students' knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye. Emphasis is placed on the corneal metabolism and its accommodation of a contact lens. Topics include: anatomy of the eye; physiology of the eye; eye diseases and abnormalities; anterior and posterior segments; drugs and treatment methods; and ophthalmic terminology.

Prereqs: OPHD 1010, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to properties of light and the laws of geometrical optics. Emphasis is placed on understanding major theories of light and the principles of plane and curved surfaces of mirrors and lenses. Topics include: light and vision; refraction; lens modified light; and lens systems.

Prereqs: OPHD 1010

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to the operations involved in lens fabrication. Emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge of equipment requirements and developing surfacing and finishing techniques. Topics include: safety and environmental procedures and lens processing terminology; lens surfacing and finishing equipment; lens blank selection and layout; lens surfacing techniques; lens finishing techniques; lens final insertion and mounting techniques; and standard alignment, inspection of lenses and lensometer operation.

Prereqs: OPHD 1060

Coreqs: None

This course continues students' study of lens fabrication. Emphasis is placed on using specialized lens materials and multifocal surfacing and finishing techniques. Topics include: specialized lens fabrication; multifocal lens positioning; inspection of multifocal lenses; optical calculations; frame repairs; optical equipment maintenance; advanced optical calculations, and high index lenses.
OPHD
1080
5

Prereqs: OPHD 1020, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to the contact lens field. Emphasis is placed on the development of contact lenses to correct visual defects, types of contact lenses, and consumer selection. Topics include: safety and environmental procedures; contact lens history; contact lens instruments;, contact lens terminology; corneal topography; lens types, prefitting evaluation, examination and patient/lens selection; adverse effects of lens wear; lens selection, inspection and verification; fitting guidelines and regulations; and follow-up care.
OPHD
2090
5

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to frame selection and dispensing techniques. Emphasis is placed on gaining clinical experience in providing service to the eyewear consumer. Topics include: ocular measurements; frame selection; frame materials; eyewear fitting techniques; frame adjustment; administrative procedures; lens finishing; matching frames to consumer needs; managed care terminology; information technology; communication with consumers, prescribers, and suppliers; effective consumer services; and problem solving.
OPHD
2120
6

Prereqs: OPHD 1010

Coreqs: None

This course introduces students to techniques of ophthalmic sales and emphasizes effective consumer service. Topics include: managed care terminology; information gathering; information technology; communicating with consumers, prescribers and suppliers; ophthalmic sales skills; effective consumer services and problem solving; and lens finishing. This course continues students' study of eyewear dispensing techniques. Emphasis is placed on gaining clinical experience in providing service to the eyewear consumer. Topics include: prescription lens materials; lens positioning; multifocal lenses; absorptive lenses; special lens coatings; prescription lens selection; lens finishing; use and care of eyewear; matching lenses to consumer needs; optical, physiological, and psychological problems; applied lensmeter techniques; information gathering; and ophthalmic sales skill.
OPHD
2130
5

Prereqs: OPHD 1080, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course continues students' study of contact lenses with emphasis on rigid and gas permeable trial and prescriptive lens fitting techniques. Topics include: lens selection; inspection and verification; fitting guidelines and regulations; follow-up care; soft lens care and storage; fitting specialty rigid lenses; rigid lens care and storage; and fitting specialty soft contact lenses.
3

Prereqs: OPHD 2130

Coreqs: None

This course continues students study of contact lens dispensing knowledge skills. Emphasis is placed on reviewing types of contact lenses, fitting techniques, and further development of associated skills. Topics include: soft contact lens fitting; hard contact lens fitting; contact lens instrumentation; effective consumer service; and contact lens regulations.
OPHD
2180
3

Prereqs: OPHD 2090, OPHD 2120

Coreqs: None

Continues students' study of ophthalmic dispensing knowledge and skills. Emphasis is placed on reviewing optical theory, laboratory procedures, and further development of associated skills. Topics include: optical laboratory; frames and lenses; dispensing techniques; eyewear sales; and eyewear regulations.
OPHD
2190
6

Prereqs: OPHD 2090, OPHD 2120, OPHD 2130

Coreqs: None

Continues students' study of ophthalmic dispensing techniques. Emphasis is placed on gaining clinical experience in providing service to the ophthalmic consumer. Topics include: special visual problems; contact lenses; analyzing ophthalmic problems; ordering procedures; marketing eyewear; and work attitudes. The occupation-based instruction is implemented through the use of a Practicum or internship and all of the following: written individualized training plans, written performance evaluation, and required weekly seminar.
Choose One of the Following (3 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course is designed to assist the learner to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic, personal, and professional success and to improve student retention. Areas of importance include Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Personal Financial Management, Stress Management and Wellness, Studying and Test Taking Skills, Communication Skills, Career Planning and Goal Setting, Computer Applications/Technology Skills and Employability/Professional Skills.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to computer applications for the development of analytical and problem-solving workplace skills. The course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Topics include file management, word processing software, database software, spreadsheet software, and presentation software skill development. The course also introduces terminology related to computer hardware, computer networks, and social and ethical concepts.

 

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Related Program Options:

Opticianry Diploma
Eyewear Dispensing
Refractometry

 

Advisors

Gerald Wilkerson
Optical Technology Program Coordinator
Office: MU #6
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 3102
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus