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Opticians help people see more clearly with eyeglasses and other eyewear that has been prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Using their knowledge and skills, they analyze and interpret prescriptions, select and fit frames and lenses, take eye and facial measurements, and verify the accuracy of the finished product.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from the Certificate of Opticianry program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Opticianry program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Opticianry program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will the Certificate of Opticianry program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $9,450
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

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During my second semester, I had a job offer, and by the third, I was employed in two different agencies.

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Opticianry Certificate from Baker College

OpticianryCertificate

See the difference you can make.

Prepare for a great future.

Opticians help people see more clearly with eyeglasses and other eyewear that has been prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Using their knowledge and skills, they analyze and interpret prescriptions, select and fit frames and lenses, take eye and facial measurements, and verify the accuracy of the finished product.

Discover Your Future Opticianry Career

Career Facts

$33,330

Median salary for Opticians

23%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$97,820

Median salary for Optometrists

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Overview

Your courses in Baker’s Opticianry certificate program are taught in a state-of-the-art facility by industry professionals with years of real-world experience. You receive hands-on training every step of the way—from analyzing prescriptions and selecting eyewear to checking the accuracy of the finished product and making final fitting adjustments. 

It’s a complete curriculum, designed with the guidance of practicing opticians to fully prepare you to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) spectacle examination, given by the American Board of Opticianry Certification, and earn your state licensure or certification. 

Enrollment for this program is limited.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Requirements42 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
OP 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the eye-care field and the profession of opticianry. Emphasis is placed on the scope of activities performed by opticians in the ophthalmic profession. This course will also identify the other professionals that work in the ophthalmic arena.

Introduction to Opticianry4
OP 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the anatomical structure of the eye and its adnexa. An overview of common pathologies and pharmacology of the eye, as well as the function of the parts of the eye as they relate to vision and the fitting of spectacles and contact lenses will be presented.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 101.
Ocular Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology4
OP 121A
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3 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the terminology, instruments, lenses, frames, and materials used in the optical laboratory to fabricate prescription eyewear.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 101.
Optical Laboratory Theory3
OP 211
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3 Quarter Hours

Examines the nature of light and details the behavior of light when it encounters various refractive and reflective surfaces. Examines lens power, indices, and prisms. Establishes the foundation for advanced optical applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 111, C or better in OP 121A.
Optical Theory I3
OP 212
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3 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of Optical Theory I, including prism notation, vertical imbalance and methods of correcting for it, vertex power, illuminance, reflection and absorption, diffraction, third-order lens aberrations and lens tilt, anisometropia, and spectacle magnification.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 211.
Optical Theory II3
OP 221A
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides fundamental knowledge for frame selection and dispensing techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 111, C or better in OP 121A.
Optical Dispensing I Theory3
OP 222A
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides more in-depth study into dispensing techniques for low vision, sports vision, and geriatric vision.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 221A.
Optical Dispensing II Theory3
OP 261
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides students, in this hands-on course, the opportunity to develop the technical skills that they will need to become opticians. 60 hours of in-house laboratory clinical.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OP 121A.
Optical Dispensing Laboratory3
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 42

Program Description

An optician is a professional who has the responsibility for the dispensing of eyewear, including spectacles, low-vision aids, and accessories. The optician may fabricate, verify, and fit eyeglasses, and other optical devices upon the written prescription of a medical doctor or doctor of optometry. An optician is responsible for analyzing and interpreting the prescription to determine the lenses that are best suited to the patient's lifestyle and visual needs. The optician takes measurements to insure proper lens placement in the frame, and must verify the accuracy of the finished product. The glasses are adjusted to the patient by the optician at the time of delivery. Courses in this program will prepare students for the American Board of Opticanry Certification examination. Students may also sit for state licensure or certification to practice this profession.

Program Status: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

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: 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 eyewear 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.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from the Certificate of Opticianry program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Opticianry program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Opticianry program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will the Certificate of Opticianry program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $9,450
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

Testimonial quote

During my second semester, I had a job offer, and by the third, I was employed in two different agencies.

Phil Cornelius