In Penn Foster College's online Optician Career Diploma Program, you’ll learn how to fit and dispense glasses, fit contact lenses, follow prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists, and more in as little as seven months — all while you study at home at a pace that's right for you.
Why the Optician Program?
With optician salaries at $37,840 annually and jobs expected to increase faster than average in upcoming years, now is a great time to join the field.¹ Our online optician courses are designed to provide you with the flexibility to complete your education on your schedule, and give students hands-on experience with the opportunity to complete a practicum before graduation. Exam prep materials are included in the cost of your tuition to help you prepare for the optician national certification exams, administered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).
Why Choose Penn Foster College?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge to help you prepare for a career as an Optician.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Set your own study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with other students
Connect in real-time with other Optician students in the Penn Foster Community.
A Customized Learning Experience
With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Optician Diploma Program Course Details
Gain a foundational knowledge in optical principles, terminology, and anatomy; ophthalmic and contact lens dispensing; math for opticians; Business English; and professional practices. Graduates of the Optician program will be eligible to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE), which is administered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). Those who pass the NOCE are awarded the ABOC credential (ABO certified). You’ll also be eligible to sit for the Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE), which is administered by the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). Those who pass the CLRE are awarded the NCLE credential (NCLE certified).
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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Opticians, on the Internet here (visited June 16, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.