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

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
ENG-101 English Composition I1 3
CIS-105 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 I2 3
OPH-111 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture I3 3
OPH-130 Anatomy of the Eye 3
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Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II4 3
OPH-105 Ophthalmic Lab II5 3
OPH-112 Ophthalmic Materials Lecture II6 3
OPH-131 Introduction to Contact Lenses7 3
...-... Laboratory Science General Education Elective 4
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Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
OPH-203 Ophthalmic Materials Laboratory III8 2
OPH-220 Optic Principles9 3
OPH-232 Contact Lens Fitting I10 3
OPH-240 Ophthalmic Dispensing I9 4
OPH-250 Ophthalmic Clinic I11 1
OPH-260 Co-op I: Ophthalmic Science12 1
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Second Semester
OPH-204 Ophthalmic Materials Laboratory IV13 2
OPH-233 Contact Lens Fitting II14 3
OPH-241 Ophthalmic Dispensing II15 4
OPH-251 Ophthalmic Clinic II16 1
OPH-261 Co-op II: Ophthalmic Science17 1
OPH-270 Ophthalmic Dispensing Office Procedures18 3
...-... Diversity: Social Science General Education Elective or  
...-... Diversity: Humanities General Education Elective 3
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  Total Minimum Credits 66
1 Must test into ENG-101 or complete all appropriate prerequisites
2 Co-requisite: OPH 111
3 Co-requisite: OPH 104
4 Prerequisite: ENG 101
5 Prerequisite: OPH 104; Co-requisite: OPH 112
6 Prerequisite: OPH 111; Co-requisite: OPH 105
7 Prerequisite: OPH 130
8 Prerequisite: OPH 105
9 Prerequisite: OPH 105 and OPH 112
10 Prerequisite: OPH 131
11 Prerequisite: OPH 105, OPH 112 and OPH 131; Co-requisite: OPH 260
12 Prerequisite: OPH 105, OPH 112 and OPH 131; Co-requisite: OPH 250
13 Prerequisite: OPH 203
14 Prerequisite: OPH 232
15 Prerequisite: OPH 240
16 Prerequisite: OPH 250, and OPH 260; Co-requisite: OPH 261
17 Prerequisite: OPH 250, and OPH 260; Co-requisite: OPH 251
18 Prerequisite: OPH 112

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.
  • 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 4 months
    after program completion to be eligible for the New Jersey
    Ophthalmic Dispensers Exam.

New Jersey Ophthalmic Dispenser's Exam

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Graduates Attempted 15 17 21 23 18 17
Number of Graduates Passed 7 12 13 15 16 11
Percentage of Graduates Passed 47% 70% 62% 65% 89% 65%

National Opticianry Competency Exam (ABO)

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Graduates Attempted 5 5 7 10 7 5
Number of Graduates Passed 5 5 7 10 7 5
Percentage of Graduates Passed 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Contact Lens Registry Exam (NCLE)

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Graduates Attempted 4 3 4 10 4 2
Number of Graduates Passed 4 3 4 10 4 2
Percentage of Graduates Passed 100% 100% 75% 100% 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