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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 1530 Introductory Statistics (Recommended) OR
Mathematics Elective
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
Action Items    
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication 3
ART 1035 Introduction to Art (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
OPTI 2140 Practicum 1
2nd Fall   Hours
OPTI 2410 Ophthalmic Dispensing II 4
OPTI 2420 Ophthalmic Materials II 4
OPTI 2430 Contact Lenses II 4
ALH  211 Management and Leadership for Allied Health Supervisors (Recommended) OR
Business Elective1
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Application for Graduation  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor   
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
OPTI 2460 Ophthalmic Dispensing III 4
OPTI 2470 Ophthalmic Materials III 4
OPTI 2480 Contact Lenses III 4
PSYC 1030 Introduction to Psychology (Recommended) OR
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
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, 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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