Opticians are in high demand in the job market, and the need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. In this online program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician while you prepare yourself to achieve American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification —a certification that’s required by many states and is a stepping stone to career advancement. You will master the mathematical formulas that opticians need to know, discover how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, explore the basics of eyewear styles and materials, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, learn about prisms and lens types, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases. By the time you complete this program, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician—and you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to advance in this popular and exciting medical field.
Eligible users will get a voucher for The National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) OR The Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE)
Exam Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to take the NOCE and/or CLRE, a candidate must (1) be at least 18 years old, and (2) have a high school diploma or GED.
If the state licensing board where the candidate works has regulations that are different than ABO-NCLE’s, the state requirement supersedes those of ABO-NCLE.
There is no prerequisite for taking this program. If you plan to take the ABO exam, a high school diploma or GED is required and job experience will be very helpful.
However, some states have additional tests and/or exceptions to just passing the ABO in order to be a licensed optician. Please select your state from below table to see state specific requirements
When you complete this program, you will:
Be qualified to obtain an entry-level position as an optician in a retail or medical setting. (Some states require ABO certification.)
Be prepared to take the ABO exam, if you have a high school degree or GED.
Be knowledgeable about ocular anatomy, eye diseases and conditions, frame styling and adjustment, eyewear selection, glasses lens and contact lens selection, prescriptions, and the equipment and mathematical formulas used in opticianry.
- Lesson 1: What Is an Optician?
- Lesson 2: The Parts of the Eye
- Lesson 3: Refractive Errors
- Lesson 4: Strabismus and Amblyopia
- Lesson 5: Other Common Ocular Conditions
- Lesson 6: Frame Basics
- Lesson 7: Frame Styling
- Lesson 8: Aligning Frames
- Lesson 9: Adjusting Frames
- Lesson 10: A Quick Look at Light
- Lesson 11: Reading a Prescription
- Lesson 12: More About Prescriptions and Lens Types
- Lesson 13: Lens Materials
- Lesson 14: Prism Basics
- Lesson 15: Fresnel Prisms
- Lesson 16: Optical Effects of Lens Curvature
- Lesson 17: Multifocal Lens Considerations
- Lesson 18: The Manual Lensometer
- Lesson 19: More About Opticianry Measurements and Calculations
- Lesson 20: Simple Math and Algebra
- Lesson 21: Soft Contact Lenses
- Lesson 22: Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
- Lesson 23: Legal Responsibilities and Ethics
- Lesson 24: Preparing for the ABO Exam
Program Course List
Office Procedures Level 1: 30 Hours
This course teaches introductory office procedures and practices to the novice office worker. It consists of six Lessons and a Final Exam. Each Lesson is divided into Sections with related Tasks. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.
Office Procedures Level 2: 30 Hours
This course covers a variety of topics as it simulates an office environment and challenges students with tasks that they would typically perform. This course consists of six Lessons and a Final Exam. Each Lesson is divided into Sections with related Tasks. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.
Your tuition for this program includes these textbooks:
1. System for Ophthalmic Dispensing
2. The Optician Training Manual
3. All About Your Eyes
This program can be taken from a PC only. It is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection.
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.
- We highly recommend that you use the latest version of Chrome and Firefox in place of other web browsers.
- Cookies must be enabled
- Pop-ups must be enabled/allowed
- Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.
- Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Click here to download the Flash Player.
- The latest Windows Media Player (free download available)
- The latest Quick Time Player (free download available)
- The latest Real Player (free download available)
- The latest Shockwave Player (free download available)
- The latest Java (free download available)
- For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
- Video card
- Sound card
- 512 MB RAM or greater of memory
- Headphones or Speakers
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This is a self-paced program supported by an experienced mentor. Our mentors are subject experts with several years of experience in their respective fields and have the necessary educational training and credentials required to work as an expert. In case of any queries or questions regarding course content, course material, certifications, industry questions or on the progress of the student’s training and advancement, you can contact us on the information mentioned below.
Meditec Student Support: 866-451-3854
CTP Student Support: [email protected]