Ophthalmic Science Technology

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 successfully produce and fit top quality eyewear.   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 successfully produce and fit top quality eyewear.

 


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Associate in Applied Science
Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
CSC-101 Computer Literacy or  
CIS-101 Personal Computer Applications or  
CSC-102 Information Literacy in a Digital Era 3
MTH-100 Algebraic Concepts 4
OPH-104 Ophthalmic Lab I 3
OPH-111 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture I 3
OPH-130 Anatomy of the Eye 3
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Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II 3
OPH-105 Ophthalmic Lab II 3
OPH-112 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture II 3
OPH-131 Introduction to Contact Lenses 3
...-... Laboratory Science General Education Elective 4
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Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
OPH-203 Ophthalmic Materials Laboratory III 2
OPH-220 Optic Principles 3
OPH-232 Contact Lens Fitting I 3
OPH-240 Ophthalmic Dispensing I 4
OPH-250 Ophthalmic Clinic I 1
OPH-260 Co-op I: Ophthalmic Science 1
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Second Semester
OPH-204 Ophthalmic Materials Laboratory IV 2
OPH-233 Contact Lens Fitting II 3
OPH-241 Ophthalmic Dispensing II 4
OPH-251 Ophthalmic Clinic II 1
OPH-261 Co-op II: Ophthalmic Science 1
OPH-270 Ophthalmic Dispensing Office Procedures 3
...-... Diversity: Social Science General Education Elective or  
...-... Diversity: Humanities General Education Elective 3
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  Total Minimum Credits 66
1 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 provide students with the skills and knowledge needed 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.
  • To provide students with a General Education foundation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Fabricate a complete pair of eyeglasses conforming to state and ANSI standards.
  2. Interpret a doctor’s prescription.
  3. To 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 Opportunities

  • 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 on 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.

New Jersey Ophthalmic Dispenser's Exam

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Graduates Attempted 7 12 15 17 21 23 18
Number of Graduates Passed 4 5 7 12 13 15 16
Percentage of Graduates Passed 57% 42% 47% 70% 62% 65% 89%

National Opticianry Competency Exam (ABO)

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Graduates Attempted 5 3 5 5 7 10 7
Number of Graduates Passed 5 3 5 5 7 10 7
Percentage of Graduates Passed 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Contact Lens Registry Exam (NCLE)

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Graduates Attempted 2 1 4 3 4 10 4
Number of Graduates Passed 2 1 4 3 4 10 4
Percentage of Graduates Passed 100% 100% 100% 100% 75% 100% 100%

Contact Person

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

Additional information

CIP Code

51.1801

Program Code

OPH.AAS