The Ophthalmic Technology Program prepares graduates to be professional manufacturing and dispensing opticians. The program consists of systematic instruction and experience in all aspects of the work in the profession. The program includes instruction and laboratory training in: contact lens skills, eyewear dispensing skills, lens finishing techniques, lens surfacing techniques, as well as sales techniques, basic business operations and communications. Instruction and practice in low vision aids, physician assisting skills, and ocular prosthetics are also covered. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners certification examinations. Graduates are also prepared to take the Nevada Board of dispensing Opticians licensing examination. Graduates of the program can gain employment as manufacturing opticians, dispensing opticians, entry level management positions in vision care, as well as open their own independent vision care facility. A limited entry program; students must attend a health programs orientation and meet with a health programs advisor for additional counseling. Accrediting Agency: Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, P. O. Box 592 Canton, NY 13617, (703) 468-0566.
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