Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing Degree

You have solid math and problem solving skills, love to help others and enjoy hands-on work. You would like to work in a medical-related field, but without the time and financial commitments in getting a PhD. Middlesex Community College has an affordable and flexible solution to meet your needs. Get started with an Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing from Middlesex Community College today! This two-year degree program prepares students for future work as licensed opticians working to help others through the design and dispensing of eyeglasses, contact lenses and low-vision aids.

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.

Accreditation

The Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing Program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510, Washington DC 20036-1135.

National Optician Competency Examination – American Board of Opticianry

Class of 2012 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2013 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2014 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2015 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2016 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2017 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2018 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam

Contact Lens Registry Examination – National Contact Lens Examiners

Class of 2012 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2013 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2014 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2015 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2016 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2017 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam
Class of 2018 – 100% of Graduates Passed Exam

Connecticut State Practical Exam for Optician Licensure

Class of 2012 – 80% of Graduates Passed Exam on 1st attempt
Class of 2013 – 30% of Graduates Passed Exam on 1st attempt
Class of 2014 – 37.5% of Graduates Passed Exam on 1st attempt
Class of 2015 – 27% of Graduates Passed Exam on 1st attempt
Class of 2016 – 42% of Graduates Passed Exam on 1st attempt
Class of 2017 – 62% of Graduates Passed Exam on 1st attempt
Class of 2018 – 44% of graduates passed Exam on 1st attempt

Program Accreditation Status

The Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing Program has been accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation since 1990.

The Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), a not-for-profit agency, accredits Opticianry education in the United States.

The mission of the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation is to foster excellence in opticianry education 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.

Scope of accreditation: COA accredits two-year Opticianry degree programs and one-year ophthalmic laboratory technology certificate programs in the United States and Canada that are sponsored by post-secondary institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education or CHEA.

Recognition: The COA is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA, https://www.chea.org/).

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
PO Box 592
Canton NY, 13617
https://www.coaccreditation.com/

This page updated 9/4/18