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. Learn More About This Program >

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively through development of proficiency in oral/written/electronic communication skills
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving skills
  3. Complete the requirements for National Certification by the American Board of Opticianry
  4. Complete the requirements for National Certification by the National Contact Lens Examiners
  5. Demonstrate the practical skills required to successfully complete the optical portion of the State of Connecticut – Board of Examiners State Practical Exam
  6. Demonstrate the practical skills required to successfully complete the contact lens portion of the State of Connecticut – Board of Examiners State Practical Exam
  7. 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
  8. Meet the minimum education requirement for licensing as an optician in all of the states requiring licensure for opticians

Graduation Checklist

OD&D Degree – Graduation Checklist

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.

Degree Requirements

Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing – Associate Degree
(2017-18 Catalog)

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First Semester (Fall) - 14 creditscreditsAdvising Notes
ENG*101, Composition (or ENG*101E or ENG*101-ALP)General Education Requirement:
Written Communication
3SAT, ACT, or Placement Test may be required
MAT*137, Intermediate Algebra (or higher, depending on placement)Gen Ed for Career Programs:
Quantitative Reasoning
3SAT, ACT, or Placement Test may be required
ODD*101, Introduction to Ophthalmic DispensingProgram Requirement4You must pass this class with a "C" or better to continue into the next semester's courses
BIO*118, Anatomy & Physiology of the EyeGeneral Education Requirement:
Scientific Knowledge & Understanding
OR
Scientific Reasoning
4You must pass this class with a "C" or better to continue into the next semester's courses
Second Semester (Spring) - 17 creditscreditsAdvising Notes
BMG*202, Principles of ManagementProgram Requirement3
COM*173, Public SpeakingGeneral Education Requirement (1 of 2):
One course selected from any of these competencies: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge, Oral Communication, Social Phenomena, or Written Communication
3
ODD*102, Ophthalmic Dispensing IProgram Requirement4Prerequisite: ODD*101 with a "C" or better

You must pass this class with a "C" or better to continue into the next semester's courses
ODD*110, Ophthalmic Materials IProgram Requirement4Prerequisite: ODD*101 with a "C" or better
ODD*120, Contact Lenses IProgram Requirement3Prerequisite: BIO*118 with a "C" or better
Summer Semester - 6 creditscreditsAdvising Notes
ODD*109, Optical Business ManagementProgram Requirement3
ODD*130, Low VisionProgram Requirement1
ODD*299, Opticianry PracticumProgram Requirement2
Third Semester (Fall) - 14 creditscreditsAdvising Notes
General Education Requirement:
Social Phenomena Elective
3
ODD*103, Ophthalmic Dispensing IIProgram Requirement3Prerequisite: ODD*102 with a "C" or better

You must pass this class with a "C" or better to continue into the next semester's courses
ODD*111, Ophthalmic Materials IIProgram Requirement4
ODD*121, Contact Lenses IIProgram Requirement4
Fourth Semester (Spring) - 17 creditscreditsAdvising Notes
General Education Requirement:
Aesthetic Dimensions Elective
3
PSY*111, General Psychology IGeneral Education Requirement (2 of 2):
One course selected from any of these competencies: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge, Oral Communication, Social Phenomena, or Written Communication
3
ODD*104, Ophthalmic Dispensing IIIProgram Requirement3Prerequisite: ODD*103 with a grade of “C” or better
ODD*112, Ophthalmic Materials IIIProgram Requirement4
ODD*122, Contact Lenses IIIProgram Requirement4
Total Program:68

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