I would definitely hire someone right out of the Baker program. I would take them first over anybody else.– Kathryn Ring Optician Eye Services, LLC
As an Optician, you fit eyeglasses and contact lenses that have been prescribed by an opthalmologist or optometrist.
In this program, you will learn how to:
- Obtain measurements.
- Assist customers in choosing eyeglass frames, lenses, and coatings.
- Properly fit eyewear.
- Maintain customer records, track inventory, and other administrative tasks.
When you graduate, you will be prepared for the American Board of Opticianry and ready to work in a private opthalmology or optometry office or a larger retail store.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 NCLE for certification in contact lens dispensing.
- 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.
- To prepare graduates for entry-level employment in the optical field.
For more information about our certificate programs, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, please visit www.Baker.edu/gainfulemployment.
This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.
- The average salary for Opticians is about $33,500.
- Expected employment in this field is about average. By 2016, it should rise about 9 percent.
- You have the best job prospects by taking formal Opticianry classes and mastering new technology, such as new refraction systems, framing materials, and edging techniques.
- 21 states require dispensing Opticians to be licensed. Currently, Michigan does not require Opticianry licensure or certification. However, you can apply to the ABO and the NCLE for skill certification, which assures your potential employers and clients of your expertise.