Effective Fall 2019 this program name is changing from Opticianry to Vision Care Technology.
The Vision Care Technology program is a two-year associate of applied science degree career preparation program. Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the Tennessee State Board Licensing Examination in Ophthalmic Dispensing and the national board certification examinations. The total educational program will include general studies, technical, and field work components.
Opticians are licensed professionals who design and fit glasses, contact lenses and other specialized optical devices, based on the doctor’s prescription and the patient’s visual needs. Fashion is also a factor in designing eyewear.
The Vision Care Technology program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.
Admission to the program is required prior to enrolling in any VECT course. Courses must be taken in sequence. All professional VECT courses are taught at the main campus in Harriman.
Effective Fall 2019
|VECT||1410||Introduction to Vision Care||4|
|VECT||1430||Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye||4|
|MATH||1010||Math for General Studies (Recommended) OR
|Oct||Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
|Nov||Register for next term|
|VECT||1420||Ophthalmic Dispensing I||4|
|VECT||1440||Ophthalmic Materials I||4|
|VECT||1330||Geometric Optics for Opticians||3|
|VECT||1450||Contact Lenses I||4|
|Mar||Meet with Success Coach or Advisor|
|April||Register for next term|
|COMM||2025||Fundamentals of Communication||3|
|ART||1035||Introduction to Art (Recommended) OR
|VECT||2410||Ophthalmic Dispensing II||4|
|VECT||2420||Ophthalmic Materials II||4|
|VECT||2430||Contact Lenses II||4|
|ALHS||2311||Management and Leadership for Allied Health Supervisors (Recommended) OR
|Sept||Complete Application for Graduation|
|Oct||Meet with Faculty Advisor|
|Nov||Register for next term|
|VECT||2460||Ophthalmic Dispensing III||4|
|VECT||2470||Ophthalmic Materials III||4|
|VECT||2480||Contact Lenses III||4|
|PSYC||1030||Introduction to Psychology (Recommended) OR
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
|Feb||Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)|
|Mar||Begin job search using RaiderRecruit|
1Business elective may be chosen from the following: ACCT 1010, ALHS 2311, BUSN 1305, 1330 or 1380.
Program Application Deadline: May 15
This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their faculty advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.
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