Course Catalog

Opticianry (Vision Care Technology) - OP14 Diploma

Program Description: The Opticianry diploma 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 diploma.


  • 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.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Criminal background check required prior to start of clinical rotation.

Start Terms:

  • This program has alternating start terms of fall and spring; the next cohort begins Fall 2021 on the Valdosta campus.

This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.

Gainful Employment Information
General Core Courses 6
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
Occupational Courses 53
OPHD 1010 Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics 3
OPHD 1020 Eye Anatomy and Physiology 3
OPHD 1080 Contact Lens I 5
OPHD 2120 Lens Selection 6
OPHD 2130 Contact Lens II 5
OPHD 2090 Frame Selection 5
OPHD 1030 Applied Optical Theory 2
OPHD 1060 Optical Laboratory Technique I 6
OPHD 2170 Contact Lens Review 3
OPHD 1070 Optical Laboratory Technique II 6
OPHD 2180 Opticianry Review 3
OPHD 2190 Opticianry OBI 6
Faculty & Staff

Opticianry Program Coordinator, Valdosta Campus

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