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, PO Box 592, Canton, NY 13617.

Graduation YearGraduating Percent
2017 Studentsn/a
2018 Students95%
2019 Students80%

American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Pass Rates

ClassSitting for ExamPassingPercent Passing
2017100%
20181818100%
20191212100%

National Contact Lens Registry Examination (NCLE) Pass Rates

ClassSitting for ExamPassingPercent Passing
2017100%
20181818100%
20191212100%

State Board of Opticianry Licensure Examination (ABO and NCLE certifications are required)

ClassSitting for ExamPassingPercent Passing
2017 62%
2018CT               188 44%
2019CT             12
MA             3
Overall     12
8
3
10
66%    CT
100%    MA
83.3%  Overall

Students Employed in the Vision Care Field

  • 2017   100%
  • 2018 100%
  • 2019 100%

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
http://www.coaccreditation.com/

Contact

Dr. Aarlan Aceto

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator of Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing
Phone: 860-343-5845
Email: aaceto@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 625


Becoming Connecticut State Community College 

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with ​the student’s Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current  Middlesex Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.