Penn Foster’s online Optician Diploma Program consists of courses that will cover a comprehensive scope of an optician’s fundamental role. Learn how to use the tools of the trade as well as perform everyday tasks to work alongside an ophthalmologist in a professional atmosphere.
To prepare students to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) or the Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE).
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
You’re required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine your level of readiness for beginning your program. Additional studies may be required.
In this course, you’ll develop the necessary skills to ensure your success in the program. You’ll Slearn how you can improve your study skills, so you’re able to use a number of tools that will help you to be successful.
This course introduces you to opticianry and being part of the eye care team.
You’ll explore the history of opticianry as well as the origins of many of the items used in eye care and the predecessors of modern equipment.
In this course, you’ll study how to identify the members of the eye care team and their responsibilities. The course describes the different types of eye care offices and their separate areas. You’ll learn about the professional qualifications and responsibilities of an optician and about licensure in the United States. You’ll also learn about the different organizations, regulations, and standards that affect opticians in the United States. Good luck with your studies and best wishes for a successful career in opticianry!
Optical technology is the science of light and vision. It includes a study of the properties of light, how light reacts while passing through ophthalmic lenses, characteristics of spectacle lenses used to correct vision, terminologies related to ophthalmology, and ocular anatomy.
A qualified optical technologist should be able to analyze and interpret a written prescription for corrective lenses and recommend the best products to patients. As an optical technologist, you should be knowledgeable about quality parameters and related guidelines as well.
As a professional optical dispenser, you'll want to respond satisfactorily to the queries of patients. A deep understanding of optical concepts will help you to carry out your duties successfully.
To understand the theory behind optical aids and the fabrication of glasses, basic skill in mathematical operations necessary. In this course, you will learn about decimals, signed numbers, conversion of English and metric length measurements, important trigonometric functions related to sine, cosine, and tangent, along with practice problems containing sine functions. You will also learn the use of a scientific calculator to solve problems. The next section introduces basic knowledge of algebraic concepts that you can apply to solve problems at work or at home! In this study unit, you will review both the English and metric systems of measurement and temperature, learn about the use ratios and proportions to solve problems. You will also have basic understandings about variables and solving equations. Each section builds on the skills learned in the previous one. So, before moving to the next section, completely understand the concepts presented in the previous section.
Opticianry is the application of the science of optics to the fabrication and fitting of prescription eyewear and contact lenses. This course will help you to gain an understanding of the skills required to become an ophthalmic dispenser, better known as an optician.
In addition to their technical skills, opticians must be able to communicate effectively with patients. There are two basic types of opticians: dispensing opticians and laboratory opticians. A dispensing optician interprets a doctor’s written prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses and assists the patient in the selection of lenses and frames. In contrast, a laboratory optician interprets the doctor’s eyeglass prescription, specifies the selection of lens and frame stock, formulates lens specifications, and performs all technical functions in the making of eyewear.
Textbook: System for Ophthalmic Dispensing
This course is designed to assist you in competently understanding the work performed by an ophthalmic dispenser, better known as an optician. This course is a continuation of Ophthalmic Dispensing, Part 1.
This course is designed to help you to understand the work performed by contact lens fitters. You’ll learn about the different types of contact lenses that are available, how to measure the surface of the eye using various instruments, and how to fit contact lenses for various patients. The common complications and fitting problems are reviewed, and you’ll see how some contact lenses can be modified in the vision care office. Finally, you’ll learn about the care of these lenses, and how to instruct patients in wearing them.
Textbook: Contact Lens Manual
In this course, you'll develop more effective personal communication skills to increase their chances for professional success. You'll identify the basic tenets of interpersonal communication, including diction, gesture, tone and facial expression, and practice methods for improving your skills in each area. You'll also improve your listening skills. The course also reviews the standards for professional communication, including making introductions, interviewing, and dressing professionally.
Build on your interpersonal communication skills by submitting a graded project for the course. You’ll have to choose one of two options: write an essay of 500-800 words or write and present a speech of two-to-three minutes.
Microsoft® Office allows people to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. This course will teach you how to use three popular tools from the MS Office Suite— MS Word™, MS Excel®, and MS PowerPoint®. In this course, you'll learn how to use MS Word™ to create and edit text documents, insert figures and tables, and format pages for a variety of uses. You'll then learn how to use MS Excel® to organize and format data, including charts, formulas, and more complex tables. Next, you'll learn how to use MS PowerPoint® to create and deliver slide shows. Finally, you'll complete a computer applications graded project, which will test the skills acquired in Word™, Excel®, and PowerPoint®.
Graded Project: - Microsoft® Word™
This project involves a case study based on a fictional firm. You’ll assume the role of a director of training responsible for creating promotional literature for the firm. The promotional documents will be mailed to a potential customer of the firm. The customer is being personally invited to a training seminar on the new features of Word.™ For this project, you’ll complete four sections of the promotional literature package. The sections consist of a cover letter introducing the firm and inviting the potential customer to the training session, a fact sheet highlighting the new features of Word,™ a flier promoting the training, and a registration form.
Graded Project: - Microsoft® Excel®
This project involves the following scenario: The office where you work would like to track the cost of office supplies used for a two-month period. As office manager, you’re asked to compare two months’ worth of inventory and prepare a graphical representation of the comparison to show the increase or decrease in supply use. You’re given the amounts by the purchasing department and must prepare an Excel® spreadsheet to be sent to the Chief Financial Officer of your company.
In this course, you’ll describe the process of writing, as well as the parts of speech and how to use them. You’ll then explain various types of punctuation, rules for capitalization and spelling, and documenting sources for research. You’ll construct complete, correct sentences and well-organized, coherent paragraphs and recognize how to plan, develop, revise, and present your work. Finally, you’ll prepare for the various kinds of writing most likely needed for a job.
Success as a professional optician is dependent on the quality of education as well as one’s ability to perform the required tasks with confidence. In-depth knowledge coupled with a professional outlook helps opticians reach their career goal.
In this course you’ll be introduced to various business function units, roles of different employees, patient management, and basic finance and accounts of an optical office.
You’ll also review for the NOCE and CLRE. Both exams are designed to test your knowledge of opticianry topics and skills.
Graduates of the Penn Foster Optician Program are prepared 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 (ABO certified) credential. Graduates are also prepared 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 NCLEC (NCLE certified) credential.
ABO and NCLE certification is a national standard — not a state license — and is recognized in every state and many foreign countries. In non-licensing states, certification is especially important; it is an optician’s only credential.
In the workplace, an optician applies their opticianry knowledge. In this course you’ll gain experience to help you along your career path.