Eye Care Technology, Associate of Applied Science


A criminal background check and drug screening are required for all Health Science students attending clinical courses or practicum, and may be required prior to admission to the program.

The eye care technology program consists of three levels of preparation. Students may obtain an Occupational Certificate, a Certificate of Technology, or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This program is designed to correlate classroom and laboratory experience with clinical experience in ophthalmic offices and clinics.

The eye care technology program is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA). The graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to petition for examination through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology at the certified ophthalmic technician level. Graduates of any of the three levels are eligible to petition for examination through the American Board of Opticianry for certification as an optician and/or the National Contact Lens Examiner.

The program requires formal entry into the program via departmental interview. Only those students who have been officially admitted to the College and have met all College admission criteria will be considered. The eye care technology program accepts new students each fall term. Students who miss the fall entry may discuss spring or summer alternate entry options with the Program Director. The program offers face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

After acceptance into the program, the student must have a physical examination by a licensed professional and submit documentation of updated immunizations as well as a valid Healthcare Provider CPR card.

Eye care technology students must earn a C or better in all eye care courses and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to remain in and/or graduate from the program. Any student earning a grade of D, W, or F in any eye care technology course must repeat the course and pass with a grade of C or higher. A second earned grade of less than C will result in the student being dismissed from the program. To re-enter into the program, the student must submit a written petition to the eye care technology admission committee and satisfy the re-admission criteria specified by the committee.

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
OPTS 1311 Visual System 3
OPTS 2441 Ophthalmic Techniques 4
OPTS 1171 Introduction to Eye Care Professions 1
OPTS 1319 Vision Care Office Procedures 3
HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology 1
Second Term
OPTS 1371 Anatomy and Physiology for Eye Care Technology 3
OPTS 1401 Ophthalmic Dispensing 4
OPTS 1315 Basic Contact Lenses 3
OPTS 1266 Practicum 2
MATH 1314 College Algebra (or higher) 3
Summer Year One Term
HPRS 1105 Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professions 1
OPTS 2350 Ophthalmic Surgical Techniques 3
POFM 1327 Medical Insurance 3
OPTS 1166 Practicum 1
Third Term
OPTS 2445 Advanced Ophthalmic Techniques 4
HPRS 1304 Basic Health Profession Skills 3
OPTS 2266 Practicum 2
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
Fourth Term
HPRS 2210 Basic Health Profession Skills II 2
OPTS 2267 Practicum 2
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: OPTS 2267 Practicum