Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing, Associate in Science Degree
This program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming licensed opticians. Successful completion of this program will be accepted in lieu of the four-year, 8000-hour apprenticeship requirement to become a licensed optician.
Enrollment in the program is restricted because of limited lab facilities, and early application is encouraged. Only completed applications with all documents will be considered. Students are admitted to the fall term only. Students must take the placement test and place into ENG*101 Composition and MAT*137 to be eligible for this program. Official transcripts are required for transfer credit.
Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing students must receive a grade of C or better in Ophthalmic Dispensing courses in order to obtain a degree in this program.
The Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing Program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510, Washington DC 20036-1135.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Communicate effectively through development of proficiency in oral/written/electronic communication skills
- Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Complete the requirements for National Certification by the American Board of Opticianry
- Complete the requirements for National Certification by the National Contact Lens Examiners
- Demonstrate the practical skills required to successfully complete the optical portion of the State of Connecticut – Board of Examiners State Practical Exam
- Demonstrate the practical skills required to successfully complete the contact lens portion of the State of Connecticut – Board of Examiners State Practical Exam
- Demonstrate familiarity with the statutes and regulations in Chapter 381 (Opticians) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Regulations and successfully complete the State Law portion of the State of Connecticut – Board of Examiners State Practical Exam
- Meet the minimum education requirement for licensing as an optician in all of the states requiring licensure for opticians
A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester. The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.
OD&D by Semester
|First Semester||14 Credits|
|ODD*101 Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing||4|
|BIO*118 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye||4|
|MAT*137 Intermediate Algebra+++||3|
|+ ENG*101 Composition||3|
|Second Semester||17 Credits|
|+ ODD*102 Ophthalmic Dispensing I ++||4|
|+ ODD*110 Ophthalmic Materials I ++||4|
|+ ODD*120 Contact Lenses I ++||3|
|+ COM*173 Public Speaking||3|
|BMG*202 Principles of Management||3|
|+ ODD*109 Optical Business Management++||3|
|ODD*130 Low Vision++||1|
|ODD*299 Opticianry Practicum++||2|
|Third Semester||14 Credits|
|+ ODD*103 Ophthalmic Dispensing II++||3|
|+ ODD*111 Ophthalmic Materials II++||4|
|+ ODD*121 Contact Lenses II++||4|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Fourth Semester||17 Credits|
|+ ODD*104 Ophthalmic Dispensing III++||3|
|+ ODD*112 Ophthalmic Materials III++||4|
|+ ODD*122 Contact Lenses III++||4|
|PSY*111 General Psychology I||3|
|Humanities or Science Elective||3|
+ This course has a prerequisite.
++ Some courses in this program will be offered during daytime hours only, and some during the fall or spring semester only.
+++ Placement testing required.