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The Ophthalmic Science Department of Camden County College welcomed its first class in the Fall of 1972. Since that time, more than one thousand students have received superior training in our optical programs. Current enrollment is approximately 100 students.

Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program
The Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program at Camden County College plays a vital role in health services related to vision care. The central purpose of the Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program is to develop graduates who are intellectually, morally, emotionally and socially prepared to contribute to patients and doctors of ophthalmic practices in our community.

The Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program is a ten-month program consisting of 32 credit hours of courses designed to develop Ophthalmic Medical Technicians qualified to assume the duties assigned to them by ophthalmologists.

The Ophthalmic Medical Technician program is accredited by the
Committee on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel.

Program Coordinator
Patrick B. Goughary, MA, FCLSA, ABOM
(856) 374-5058
pgoughary@camdencc.edu
Office: Madison 314H

Currently, there are two programs that provide opticianry courses: the Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Program, and the Ophthalmic Dispensing Apprentice Program.

Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Program
Curriculum
The Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Program provides full time instruction over a two- year period. Successful completion of the program earns students the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing.

Mission
The program has as its central purpose to develop its student such that upon graduation they are intellectually, morally, emotionally, and socially prepared for active participation in the profession of Opticianry.

The degree program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), which assures that graduates are allowed to seek licensure and work in any state that recognizes this accreditation. Students who complete the program are also eligible to sit for the New Jersey State Board Exams to become a licensed optician, after working only four months as an optician trainee. This program also prepares candidates to achieve national certifications in opticianry and contact lens fitting, as awarded by the American Board of Opticians (ABO), and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).

Program Director
Daniel G. Banks
856-374-5058
dbanks@camdencc.edu
Office: CIM 116

Accrediting Organization
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation 
PO Box 592, Canton NY 13617
703-468-0566

Graduate Exam Results

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, REGISTRY EXAMINATIONS

Curriculum

Exam

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Passing Rate
% for 2007

Ophthalmic Science

Contact Lens Exam

NJ State Boards

ABO

5/5P

10/10P

7/7P

6/6P

9/9

100

NCLE

1/1P

1/1P

4/4P

4/4P

3/3

100

NJSB

12/12

10/9P

9/9P

9/8P

8/6

75

 

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, REGISTRY EXAMINATIONS

Curriculum

Exam

2008

2009

2010

2011

Passing Rate % for 2011

Ophthalmic Science

Contact Lens Exam

NJ State Boards

ABO

6/6P

9/8P

5/5P

3/3P

100

NCLE

2/2P

5/4P

2/2P

1/1P

100

NJSB

8/6P

16/10P

7/4P

12/5P

42

Ophthalmic Dispensing Apprentice Program
The Ophthalmic Dispensing Apprentice Program provides optical courses on a part time basis, while the student works at least 32 hours per week in the optical field. This track normally takes three years. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the New Jersey State Board Exams to become a licensed optician. They also are prepared to gain national certification by the American Board of Opticians (ABO).

 


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