Dispensing opticians are those professionals who fit eyeglasses or contact lenses as prescribed by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. These professionals analyze prescriptions along with the patient's occupation and habits in order to make recommendations about lenses and spectacle frames. Licensed opticians may work in retail, laboratory, or private practice settings.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II  or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test. 
  • GPA required: 2.00 overall

Other Information

  • 14 students accepted per year
  • Criminal background check required.
  • Acceptance into a Tri-C Healthcare program with a BCI record does not guarantee a clinical site place, acceptance by the profession’s licensure/registration board, or employment upon graduation.
  • A student placed in ESL courses through the College’s ESL Assessment procedure (at the college Assessment Center) will be required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score in Reading 21, Listening 21, Writing 23 and Speaking 25.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Communicate verbally and in writing to clients, colleagues, and other professionals.
  2. Design eyewear by combining accurate physiognomic measurements with knowledge of ocular anatomy, geometric optics and prescription analysis.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the operation and function of equipment and tools used in the fabrication and verification of eyewear.
  4. Perform all tasks associated with the fitting and dispensing of eyewear.
  5. Apply knowledge of ocular physiology and of local, state and federal guidelines in order to maintain accurate medical records.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the ophthalmic profession and optical manufacturing process.
  7. Work within the safety standards that govern opticianry.
  8. Discuss Ohio and national statutes that govern opticianry.
  9. Conduct him/herself in a professional manner at all times.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1230 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye 4
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
OPT-1310 Theoretical Optics I 2
OPT-1410 Mechanical Optics I 2
OPT-1510 Optical Dispensing I 3
OPT-1610 Contact Lens I 2
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
OPT-1320 Theoretical Optics II 2
OPT-1420 Mechanical Optics II 2
OPT-1520 Optical Dispensing II 3
OPT-1620 Contact Lens II 3
PHYS-1300 Physics of Optical Materials 4
 Credit Hours14
Summer Session
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Bioethics  
Honors Bioethics  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours9
Third Semester
OPT-1710 Introduction to Patient Care 3
OPT-2501 Optical Business 3
OPT-2550 Advanced Optical Dispensing Lab 1
OPT-2650 License Review Spectacle 1
OPT-2940 Optical Field Experience I 2
OPT-2971 Optical Field Experience Seminar I 3
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
OPT-2660 License Review Contact Lens 1
OPT-2701 Refractometry 3
OPT-2950 Optical Field Experience II 2
OPT-2981 Optical Field Experience Seminar II 3
Communications requirement 1 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours64