Course Catalog

Associate of Applied Science in Opticianry - OP13 Degree


Purpose: The Opticianry Degree prepares the graduate for national certifications and eligibility to sit for licensure exams in the state of Georgia.

Curriculum: Curriculum includes classroom and laboratory instruction in eye anatomy, eyewear fabrication, lens & frame selection, and contact lens fitting. Students will be prepared to sit for the ABO and NCLE national certification exams and the Georgia state board practical exams.

Careers: Graduates will have the opportunity to work with opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists in private and retail settings. Additional employment opportunities include optician (after licensure), optical manager, contact lens technician, ophthalmic technician, and optical lab technician.

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 or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. 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.

Start Terms:

  • This program has alternating start terms of fall and spring; the next cohort begins Spring 2023 on the Valdosta campus.

Program Goals and Learning Objectives

The Opticianry Degree program is actively pursuing national accreditation from the:

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA).
P. O. Box 592
Canton, NY 13617
Phone 703.468.0566

http://www.coaccreditation.com

COA accredits two-year Opticianry degree programs in the United States and Canada that are sponsored by post-secondary institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education or CHEA.

2018 2019 2021 2022
Program Completion 100% 50% 75% In progress
ABO Pass Rate 0% 100% 100% --
NCLE Pass Rate -- 100% 100% --
State Licensure -- 75% Data not available --
Employed in Field 0% 75% Data not available --

Curriculum Outline (71 hours)
General Core Courses 15
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
Area II - Social/Behavior Science - Complete 3 Hours 3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics - Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1100

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Math Scores Co-requisite(s): 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
MATH 1101

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Math Scores Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
MATH 1111

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Math Scores Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Complete 3 Hours 3
Additional General Education Core Elective 3
SPCH 1101

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
Occupational Courses 56
OPHD 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
OPHD 1020

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
OPHD 1030

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1010, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): 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.

2
OPHD 1060

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 6 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1010 Co-requisite(s): 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.

6
OPHD 1070

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 6 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1060 Co-requisite(s): 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.

6
OPHD 1080

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1020, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): 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.

5
OPHD 2090

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): 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.

5
OPHD 2120

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1010 Co-requisite(s): 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.

6
OPHD 2130

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1080, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): 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.

5
OPHD 2170

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 2130 Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
OPHD 2180

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 2090, OPHD 2120 Co-requisite(s): 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.

3
OPHD 2190

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 4 Lab 3 - 12 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 2090, OPHD 2120, OPHD 2130 Co-requisite(s): 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.

6
Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
COLL 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0.5 Lab 3 - 2.5 Pre-Requisites: None Co-Requisite: 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.

3
COMP 2000

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture-3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-Requisites: Program Admission Co-Requisite: 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.

3
Faculty
Advisor

Opticianry Program Coordinator
Valdosta Campus

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