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Associate in Applied Science in Vision Care Technology

Division of Nursing & Allied Health – Curriculum Code: 2120

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Vision Care Technology?

The program introduces students to the field of opticianry. Students receive training in the laboratory techniques of measuring and grinding eyeglasses to prescription and in fitting and final adaptation of eyewear. The curriculum also prepares students for the business administration functions of the profession and to pass the state licensing examination for Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Dispenser. To be successful in the field, you must combine scientific and clinical skills with the ability to work well with patients. Job opportunities include owning or working in a retail optical dispensary or sales and marketing of ophthalmic materials. Employment prospects are increasing in the profession with the growth in the elderly population and the trend toward high fashion eyewear. The program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), PO Box 592, Canton, NY, 13617 (Phone: 703-468-0566).

If I major in Vision Care Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The program is career-oriented, although students may choose to transfer their credits to four-year institutions in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in optometry, opticianry, or a related field.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may be required to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. In addition, prior completion of trigonometry, biology, and physics at the high school level is strongly recommended.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 18 credits each semester, you can complete the program in two years. You may shorted the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3367.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the responsibilities of the practicing optician, optometrist, and ophthalmologist;
  • Explain how glass and other optical materials are manufactured;
  • Analyze the ophthalmic prescription and its parts;
  • Demonstrate the use of the lens meter;
  • Perform ophthalmic finishing techniques;
  • Demonstrate proper dispensing skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the refractive implications of accomodation and convergence;
  • Explain how a refractionist may determine the “ADD” power;
  • Use basic optical problem-solving techniques; and
  • Use basic techniques in bifocal height measurements.

Note: After fulfilling the requirements of the Vision Care Technology Program, students can go on to take the New Jersey State boards to obtain their New Jersey license. They may also choose to obtain the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Certification. Since the inception of this program, 100% of our students have passed the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens exams, and 75% have passed the NJ State Licensing Board exam. Job opportunities are excellent for licensed New Jersey Opticians with nearly 100% placement immedidately after licensure.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

(22 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (one 3-credit course)
ENG 102 or ENG 105 (one 3-credit course)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)

MTH 100 (one 4-credit course)

Technological Competency (3 credits)

CIS 107 Computer Literacy or CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (one 3-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(42 credits)

BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 credits)
OPH 123 Ophthalmic Laboratory I (4 credits)
OPH 124 Ophthalmic Laboratory II (4 credits)
OPH 126 Ophthalmic Materials I (3 credits)
OPH 127 Ophthalmic Materials II (3 credits)
OPH 201 Ophthalmic Dispensing I (5 credits)
OPH 202 Ophthalmic Dispensing II (5 credits)
OPH 203 Contact Lenses I (3 credits)
OPH 204 Contact Lenses II (3 credits)
OPH 210 Principles of Refraction (3 credits)
OPH 273 Supervised Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHY 111 Theory of Optics I (3 credits)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(7 credits)

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated BIO, OPH, or PHY is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat the course.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 71Note: For those individuals who already possess a New Jersey Apprentice Dispensing permit, the following courses are offered to fulfill the requirement to obtain college credit to qualify for the State licensing examination:

  • OPH 123 Ophthalmic Laboratory I (4 credits)
  • OPH 124 Ophthalmic Laboratory II (4 credits)
  • OPH 126 Ophthalmic Materials I (3 credits)
  • OPH 127 Ophthalmic Materials (3 credits)
  • OPH 201 Ophthalmic Dispensing I (5 credits)
  • OPH 202 Ophthalmic Dispensing II (5 credits)
  • OPH 203 Contact Lenses I (3 credits)
  • BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 credits)
  • PHY 111 Theory of Optics I (3 credits)

 

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
PHY 111 Theory of Optics I (3 credits)
MTH 100 Introductory College Mathematics (4 credits)
OPH 123 Ophthalmic Laboratory I (4 credits)
OPH 126 Ophthalmic Materials I (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II OR ENG 105 Technical Writing (3 credits)
BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 credits)
CIS 107 Computer Literacy OR CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)
OPH 124 Ophthalmic Laboratory II (4 credits)
OPH 127 Ophthalmic Materials II (3 credits)

Summer Session
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting – Financial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
OPH 201 Ophthalmic Dispensing I (5 credits)
OPH 203 Contact Lenses I (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
OPH 202 Ophthalmic Dispensing II (5 credits)
OPH 204 Contact Lenses II (3 credits)
OPH 210 Principles of Refraction (3 credits)
OPH 273 Supervised Clinical Experience (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.