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 opthamologist 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.
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This course introduces you to the field of opticianry.
This lesson is designed to help you develop professional relationships in the workplace.
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.
This course will introduce you to the mathematical calculations performed in the opticianry profession.
This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice while learning Microsoft® Office.
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™ 2010. 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™ 2010, a flier promoting the training, and a registration form.
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 learn about the properties of light and how it reacts as it passes through ophthalmic lenses, the characteristics of spectacle lenses used to correct vision, how the eye works, and how vision is corrected, as well as some of the common disorders and diseases of the eye.
This program requires you to enroll in a six-month (120-hour) practicum during the course of your studies. You’ll be required to find a clinical site within your local community to perform specific optician duties in order to complete the practicum. Potential clinical sites include an optician’s office or laboratory, an optometric practice that contains an optical dispensary, an ophthalmic practice that contains an optical dispensary, a hospital that contains an eye clinic, and a retail optical business. All clinical sites must be approved by the program instructor. You’ll begin your site search now (although it is recommended that you select this site before enrolling in the program) and begin completing your practicum requirements, which will be due at the end of the program.
This course describes the basic skills and techniques required of an ophthalmic dispenser. You will learn how to interpret written prescriptions, take facial measurements, determine correct frame sizes, and align and adjust frames.
Textbook: System for Ophthalmic Dispensing
This course is a continuation of Ophthalmic Dispensing 1. Focus is on the theory of light, as well as lens power, design, materials, colors, safety, and edging.
In this course, you’ll be introduced to the world of contact lenses.
Textbook: Contact Lens Manual
In this course you’ll learn the skills you need to become more confident in your writing.
This course will help you prepare for employment as an optical dispenser and to complete basic business tasks on the job.
Learning Aids: ABO review set and Test Review 1 for Contact Lens Technicians
As part of your program, you'll receive the following materials from the National Academy of Opticianry and the Contact Lens Society of America to help you prepare for the ABO/NCLE certification exams:
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 credential (ABO certified). 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 credential (NCLE certified).
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.
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At this time, you’ll submit your clinical practicum to your instructor for a pass/fail grade.
(See Course 5 for details.)