Opticianry Associate of Applied Science (OP13)

Effective Fall Semester 2023, this program will no longer be accepting new applicants.  Please contact Anne Johnson, Student Success Coach, at ajohnson@ogeecheetech.edu or 912.486.7811 for help deciding the best program for you.

The Opticianry program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s Opticianry field. A licensed dispensing optician (LDO) can be described as a visual pharmacist who fills the written prescription orders of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. The Opticianry program teaches students how to fabricate prescription lenses from semi-finished lens blanks to be inserted into fashionable eyewear worn by the patient. Adjusting and fitting eyewear as well as frame selection and dispensing are also part of the curriculum. The Opticianry program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of Opticianry management. Graduates of the program receive an Opticianry degree.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates with the Associate of Applied Science in Opticianry degree are prepared for positions in doctors’ offices and retail dispensing locations, along with sales positions and positions with wholesale companies.


The Opticianry degree program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), P.O. Box 592, Canton, NY 13617, Phone 315.742.8066. Web: http://www.coaccreditation.com, email: director@coaccreditation.com.


Once students have successfully completed the program and passed the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) exams, they are eligible to complete and submit the application for Licensure Examination to the Georgia State Board of Licensing for Dispensing Opticians, which is comprised of a Contact Lens and Optical Practicum.

Students must be 18 years of age to take the certification exam.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 64 70 NA 57
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 236 249 NA 245
Compass 79 62 NA 37
SAT 17 17 NA 21
SAT 290 290 NA 380
ACT 16 14 NA 17
ASSET 42 41 39 42
PSAT 17 17 NA 21
GED NA 145 NA 145

Opticianry Degree Curriculum

The curriculum for the Opticianry degree program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester for general education courses. Program courses begin in the fall and must be completed in a sequence. To graduate, degree-seeking students must earn a minimum of 71 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 1740 contact hours and generally takes 5 semesters to complete.

Fully online classes are only available to students currently working in-field or have an approved mentor.  Students must receive prior approval for their mentor from the opticianry faculty.

Program Courses

General Education Core (15 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication (3 Credits)

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric


ENGL 1101: “C” or higher grade is required for this course.

Area II – Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)

Select one
PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology


SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology


Area III – Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Credits)

Select one
MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling


MATH 1103Quantitative Skills & Reasoning


MATH 1111College Algebra


Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Select one
ARTS 1101Art Appreciation


ENGL 2110World Literature


ENGL 2130American Literature


HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities


MUSC 1101Music Appreciation


Program-Specific Requirements (3 Credits)

General Core Elective


Occupational Courses (56 Credits)

COLL 1010College & Career Success Skills


OPHD 1010Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics


OPHD 1020Eye Anatomy and Physiology


OPHD 1030Applied Optical Theory


OPHD 1060Optical Laboratory Techniques I


OPHD 1070Optical Laboratory Techniques II


OPHD 1080Contact Lens I


OPHD 2090Frame Selection


OPHD 2120Lens Selection


OPHD 2130Contact Lens II


OPHD 2170Contact Lens Review


OPHD 2180Opticianry Review


OPHD 2190Opticianry Occupational Based Instruction


OPHD 1010, OPHD 1020, OPHD 1030, OPHD 1060, OPHD 1070, OPHD 1080, OPHD 2090, OPHD 2120, OPHD 2130, OPHD 2170, OPHD 2180 and OPHD 2190: “C” or higher grade is required for all these courses.

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $7,100

Fees ($385 per semester): $1,925

Books/Supplies: $1,500

Uniform Costs: Approximately $80

Liability Insurance: Liability Insurance (click to find individual course fees)

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)

Occupational Based Instruction

Number of sites: 20

General location of the sites: Bulloch, Burke, Chatham, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Toombs, Evans Counties, and Bluffton, South Carolina.

Occupational Based Courses

The Opticianry degree program occupational based instruction provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in a real-world setting. The occupational based experience allows the student to become involved in a professional work situation applying technical skills.

The occupational based instruction requires that students spend a minimum of 15 hours a week in a supervised work setting, for a total of 225 hours. During that time, students are evaluated by the preceptor and the externship coordinator.