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
Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
OPH-104 Ophthalmic Lab I1 3
OPH-111 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture I1 3
    6
First Year / Second Semester
OPH-105 Ophthalmic Lab II1 3
OPH-112 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture II1 3
    6
Second Year / First Semester
OPH-130 Anatomy of the Eye 3
OPH-220 Optic Principles 3
    6
Second Year / Second Semester
OPH-131 Introduction to Contact Lenses 3
OPH-203 Ophthalmic Materials Laboratory III 2
    5
Code Course Credits
Third Year / First Semester
OPH-240 Ophthalmic Dispensing I 4
    4
Third Year / Second Semester
OPH-241 Ophthalmic Dispensing II 4
    4
  Total Minimum Credits 31

1 Must be taken within the first 12 months of apprenticeship

Please Note: All candidates must take the College Placement Test and complete the required courses prior to beginning course work.

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 Goals

  • To prepare students to successfully complete the New Jersey
    State Ophthalmic Dispensing Examination, the American
    Board of Opticianry Examination and the National Contact
    Lens Examination
  • To prepare students for employment opportunities within the
    optical profession.

Progeam 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 specialty courses,
    admission is usually limited to September.

Contact Person

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

Additional information

CIP Code

51.1801

Program Code

OPH.CA