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Career Studies Certificate AN  

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Purpose: This career studies certificate is designed to provide comprehensive training for those who desire to become optometric technicians. The optometric technician is a skilled member of the vision care delivery team who performs procedures under the supervision of an optometrist.

Occupational Objectives: The optometric technician provides supportive and diversified services to the optometrist by performing delegated tasks and collecting data on patients. The technical training includes optical terminology, patient pretesting skills such as tonometry, keratometry, visual acuity, color vision, visual field testing, frame and lens selection, contact lens fitting with patient education, visual training and practice management. Optometric technicians are employed in clinics and physician offices.

Graduates of the Optometric Technician program are eligible to sit for the Optometric Technician Examination administered by the American Optometric Society.

Prerequisite: This is an advanced certificate. Students must have completed an Optometric Assistant Certificate prior to enrolling in this program.

One Year1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester

   OPT231Contact Lenses I4
   OPT195Optical Business Topics1
OMP196On-Site Training 3
   OPT141Optometric Clinical Procedures I 3
   ENG115Technical Writing  3
OMP296On-Site Training  5
   OPT142Optometric Clinical Procedures II  3

Total Credits/Semester5611

Total credits for the Optometric Technician Career Studies Certificate = 22

1 OMP 196 is supervised training which requires 15 hours per week at a clinical site.

2 OMP 296 is supervised training which requires 25 hours per week at a clinical site.

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