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.
These classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.
|MATH||1130||College Algebra2 or higher level math||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|OPT||101||Intro to Opticianry||4|
|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|
|OPT||143||Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye||4|
|OPT||210||Ophthalmic Dispensing II||4|
|OPT||220||Ophthalmic Materials II||4|
|OPT||230||Contact Lenses II||4|
|OPT||260||Ophthalmic Dispensing III||4|
|OPT||270||Ophthalmic Materials III||4|
|OPT||280||Contact Lenses III||4|
1Business elective may be chosen from the following: ACCT 1010, BUSN 1305, 1330 or 1380.
2Higher level math course may be substituted.
Program Application Deadline: May 15
This program is designed for students who plan to enter the field 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.