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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.

These classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.

BUSN   Business Elective1 3
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
MATH 1130 College Algebra2 or higher level math 3
SPCH   Speech Elective 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
    Group Total 18
First Year    
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 140 Practicum 1
OPT 143 Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye 4
    Group Total 24
Second Year    
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
    Group Total 24
    TOTAL HOURS 66

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.

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