External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.
Certificate, Associate of Applied Science
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.