Ophthalmic Science Apprentice

Opticians dispense corrective lenses to aid patients in their visual needs. This is accomplished by using scientific and clinical procedures and applying learned skills needed to produce and fit top quality eyewear successfully.   Apply & Register Program Details

Opticians dispense corrective lenses to aid patients in their visual needs. This is accomplished by using scientific and clinical procedures and applying learned skills needed to produce and fit top quality eyewear successfully.

 


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Certificate of Achievement

This curriculum is currently in the process of being updated. For the up-to-date curriculum, please view our 2020 Academic Program Guide.

Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
OPH-104 Ophthalmic Lab I1 3
OPH-111 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture I2 3
    6
First Year / Second Semester
OPH-105 Ophthalmic Lab II3 3
OPH-112 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture II4 3
    6
Second Year / First Semester
OPH-130 Anatomy of the Eye 3
OPH-220 Optic Principles5 3
    6
Second Year / Second Semester
OPH-131 Introduction to Contact Lenses6 3
OPH-203 Ophthalmic Materials Laboratory III7 2
    5
Code Course Credits
Third Year / First Semester
OPH-240 Ophthalmic Dispensing I5 4
    4
Third Year / Second Semester
OPH-241 Ophthalmic Dispensing II8 4
    4
  Total Minimum Credits 31
1 Co-requisite: OPH-111; Must be taken within the first 12 months of apprenticeship.
2 Co-requisite: OPH-104; Must be taken within the first 12 months of apprenticeship.
3 Prerequisite OPH-104; Co-requisite: OPH-112; Must be taken within the first 12 months of apprenticeship.
4 Prerequisite: OPH-111; Co-requisite: OPH-105; Must be taken within the first 12 months of apprenticeship.
5 Prerequisite: OPH-105 and OPH-112
6 Prerequisite: OPH-130
7 Prerequisite: OPH-105
8 Prerequisite: OPH-240
NOTICE: Clinical placements are a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical placements may require a criminal background check, health clearance and/or drug testing before participation is allowed. Clinical sites may deny a student’s participation in the event of a positive finding. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing body

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Fabricate a complete pair of eyeglasses conforming to state and ANSI standards.
  2. Interpret a doctor’s prescription.
  3. Dispense a complete pair of eyeglasses and contact lenses from a doctor’s prescription.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of spectacle lens and contact lens design through mathematical calculations.

Employment Opportunies

  • Private practice
  • Clinical practice
  • Optical sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Ophthalmic laboratory technician
  • Contact lens technician

Special Program Requirements

  • The program has an open enrollment policy; however, any
    applicant who does not have college-level mathematics
    or English must achieve satisfactory scores in the College
    Placement Test.
  • All prospective students must schedule an interview with the
    ophthalmic science program director.
  • Due to the sequential nature of the optical courses, admission
    is usually limited to the fall semester. General Education
    courses can be taken all year.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Ophthalmic
    courses in order to be eligible for the New Jersey Ophthalmic
    Dispensers Exam.
  • Students must have an approved apprenticeship for 36
    months prior to program completion to be eligible for the
    New Jersey Ophthalmic Dispensers Exam.

Contact Person

Daniel G. Banks, Coordinator
(856) 374-5058
email: dbanks@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

51.1801

Program Code

OPH.CA