A student who receives a one-year certificate can work in a retail outlet, optical laboratory or a doctor's office. Other career paths can lead to related work as a sales representative for optical products. Note: In order to be eligible to take the State Board Exam for licensure, you must finish the Optical Technology degree program.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

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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

Other Information

  • 25 students accepted per year

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
OPT-1310 Theoretical Optics I 2
OPT-1410 Mechanical Optics I 2
OPT-1510 Optical Dispensing I 3
OPT-1610 Contact Lens I 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
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 Hours17
 Total Credit Hours32