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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 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
OPT 101 Introduction to Opticianry 4
OPT 143 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye 4
    Mathematics Elective
MATH 1130 Recommended
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring   Hours
OPT 110 Ophthalmic Dispensing I 4
OPT 120 Ophthalmic Materials I 4
OPT 123 Geometric Optics for Opticians 3
OPT 130 Contact Lenses I 4
Action Items    
  Jan Complete FAFSA  
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
OPT 140 Practicum 1
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3
    Humanities Elective
ARTH 1030 Recommended
2nd Fall   Hours
OPT 210 Ophthalmic Dispensing II 4
OPT 220 Ophthalmic Materials II 4
OPT 230 Contact Lenses II 4
    Business Elective1
BUSN 1305 Recommended
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Intent to Graduate with Faculty Advisor  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
OPT 260 Ophthalmic Dispensing III 4
OPT 270 Ophthalmic Materials III 4
OPT 280 Contact Lenses III 4
    Social/Behavioral Science Elective
PSYC 1030 Recommended
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)  
  Mar Begin job search using RaiderRecruit  

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