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The Opticianry 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 Opticianry program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.

Admission Policies for Allied Health Sciences A.A.S. Degrees

Admission to the program is required prior to enrolling in any OPT course. Courses must be taken in sequence. All professional opticianry courses are taught at the main campus in Harriman.

1st Fall   Hours
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
OPTI 1410 Introduction to Opticianry 4
OPTI 1430 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye 4
MATH 1130 College Algebra (Recommended) OR
Mathematics Elective
3
    TERM TOTAL 14
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
 
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring   Hours
OPTI 1420 Ophthalmic Dispensing I 4
OPTI 1440 Ophthalmic Materials I 4
OPTI 1330 Geometric Optics for Opticians 3
OPTI 1450 Contact Lenses I 4
    TERM TOTAL 15
Action Items    
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ARTH 1030 Art Appreciation (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
3
OPTI 1140 Practicum 1
    TERM TOTAL 7
2nd Fall   Hours
OPTI 2410 Ophthalmic Dispensing II 4
OPTI 2420 Ophthalmic Materials II 4
OPTI 2430 Contact Lenses II 4
BUSN 1305 Introduction to Business (Recommended) OR
Business Elective1
3
    TERM TOTAL 15
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Intent to Graduate with Faculty Advisor  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor   
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
OPTI 1460 Ophthalmic Dispensing III 4
OPTI 1470 Ophthalmic Materials III 4
OPTI 1480 Contact Lenses III 4
PSYC 1030 General Psychology (Recommended) OR
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
    TERM TOTAL 15
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)   
  Mar Begin job search using RaiderRecruit   
    TOTAL HOURS 66

1Business elective may be chosen from the following: ACCT 1010, ALH 211, 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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