Accreditation Status

The Opticianry Program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA). The Commission on Opticianry Accreditation is a not-for-profit agency, which accredits formal Opticianry education in the United States by setting standards, assessing educational effectiveness, and identifying those academic programs that meet the standards, in order to aid programs to produce competent graduates who will provide professional services to the public. The COA is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); Web address: http://www.chea.org/.

The Opticianry Program is based on a task analysis developed by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). These organizations are national; non-profit organizations which administer voluntary certification examinations for dispensing opticians and contact lens technicians. Their purposes are to identify qualified eye wear providers by examination, urge growth of optical skills with continuing education, and approve continuing education programs. The ABO/NCLE programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) as having met their standards for certifying agencies.


The mission of the Baker College Opticianry program is to provide quality training and instruction in the profession of Opticianry resulting in an Associate of Applied Science degree. As an equal opportunity institution, Baker College welcomes all and encourages the students to learn to conduct an ethical professional practice of Opticianry in order to provide a superior standard of care for the people of the State of Michigan.


The goals of the Baker College Opticianry program were developed in concert with the program's philosophy and the mission and goals of the college and the essentials of the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.

  1. To upgrade the profession of Opticianry through formal opticianry education. Adding to the profession, men and women who are well qualified to interpret prescriptions, fabricate eyewear, dispense spectacles and contact lenses, communicate effectively, utilize sales techniques, and are self confident to serve the visual needs of the public.
  2. To stimulate growth and development of the Opticianry student into a responsible, competent, enthusiastic professional who maintains ethical standards and works well with other professionals in his/her field.
  3. To prepare Opticianry students for successful completion of the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) spectacle examination and is given by the ABO. The Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE) given by the NCLE for certification in contact lens dispensing.
  4. Eliminate hazardous waste and to reduce non-hazardous waste to the minimum levels economically and technically practical, and to be in full compliance with all federal and state environmental regulations.
  5. To prepare graduates for entry-level employment in the optical field.

Jackson Opticianry Yearly Statistics

Applications for 2009-2010
  21 Registered Students-AAS (Limited enrollment program - 25 seat max)
19 Registered Students-CER
Graduates for 2009-2010
  12 Associate Degree Graduates
2 Certificate Graduates
Licensure pass rates in 2009-2010

American Board of Opticianry Exam (ABO)
Baker = 89%
National Average = 58%

National Contact Lense Exam (NCLE)
Baker = 60%
National Average = 61%

Graduate Related Employment Rate 2008-2009 Data

The Baker College Opticianry program is a member of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools.

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