Students have an opportunity to complete a new career pathway in just over one semester and find employment in an evolving field of optical healthcare.
Anatomy of the Eye
This is the only prerequisite for any of the COAs or the AA); take the summer prerequisite, and one semester (full time) and you're ready for the ABO exam.
No application/no assessment/no review process for any part of the Optical Technology program
Any Optical office to craft materials, dispense eyeglasses, provide retail eyewear design, and manage other unlicensed staff . Nationally, current wage is about $36K without a license, $42-45K with a license.
Large corporate opportunities or boutique offices
Students who complete the Optical Technology program will be provided the essential knowledge and skills to fabricate, fit, and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses in manufacturing, retail, and professional vision care settings.
ASSOCIATES DEGREE AVAILABLE
The Optical Technology Program also offers a 2-year associate of science (AS) degree career preparation program. The program prepares students for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) examination to be licensed as an Optician. Students must complete the prerequisites, core optical technology, and general education courses to earn the AS degree.
The two-year associate of science program combines lecture, on-campus laboratory, and off-campus clinical experiences. The off-campus clinical experiences include work-based learning at manufacturing labs, retail optical centers, and private optometry or ophthalmic practices. Clinical site locations can range between North Hollywood to western Ventura County.