Admission Requirements

Prerequisites are waived for 2019 applicants, but must be completed for graduation.

The following courses are recommended to be taken before application to the Optical Technology program, or concurrently with the first two semesters of the core Optical Technology courses. They are not required to be completed by the time of application to the program. The courses are general education courses and must be completed for graduation to earn the A.S. degree.

ENGL M01A OR ENGL M01AH English Composition 4.0
MATH M03 Intermediate Algebra (or higher)


STEP 2: General Education Courses
These courses are necessary for the Associate Degree and must be completed prior to graduation.

General Education Courses Units
Physical Science - Course of Choice 3.0
American History and Institutions - Course of Choice 3.0
Fine or Performing Arts - Course of choice 3.0
Kinesiology (Physical Education) – Course of choice 1.0
Social and Behavioral Science - BUS M30 Intro to Business 3.0
Humanities - NS M17 or RADT M17 Healthcare Ethics 3.0

*The recommendation is to take the general education courses prior to starting the Optical Technology Program.


Students may submit an Optical Technology application to the Health Sciences Department from April 1 - April 30, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The application deadline is noon on the final day of the application period. All official sealed college transcripts, if any, must be submitted with the application.

There will be a random selection of applicants. Each applicant will be assigned a number and placed on a waiting list. Each applicant's number will indicate his/her place in "LINE" to enter the program. Applicants are admitted to the program by number order.

There will be alternates selected for each admission class to serve on standby for admission until the week prior to the first day of class. If not admitted, these alternates will be first admissions into the next class.

The Health Sciences Department will contact applicants regarding acceptance/admission.

Admission may be denied to an applicant who has failed or withdrew failing from a program and whose overall record makes a program completion unlikely (example: two program withdrawals).

Note that admission to the program is dependent on clearance of a criminal check and drug screen.


Students who complete the Optical Technology Program will be qualified to enter the field of opticianry as a competent and compassionate optician.

To earn an Associate in Science Degree with a major in Optical Technology, students must complete 33 optical technology specific units and General Education Degree Requirements.

In addition to General Education degree requirements, complete the following:

Required Courses Units
OPTI M05 Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Eye 3.0
OPTI M01 Optical Materials Theory I 3.0
OPTI M01SL Optical Materials Skills Lab I 1.5
OPTI M02 Optical Dispensing Theory I 3.0
OPTI M02L Optical Dispensing Clinical Lab I 2.0
OPTI M06 Contact Lens Theory I 3.0
OPTI M03 Optical Materials Theory II 3.0
OPTI M03SL Optical Materials Skills Lab II 1.5
OPTI M04 Optical Dispensing Theory II 3.0
OPTI M04L Optical Dispensing Clinical Lab II 2.0
OPTI M07 Contact Lens Theory II 3.0
OPTI M07L Contact Lens Clinical Lab 2.0
Total Units 30.0

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate in Science in Optical Technology will be able to:
Accurately fabricate, fit, and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses for clients.
Pass the ABO and NCLE examinations to be licensed as a Dispensing Optician.

All students admitted to the Optical Technology Program are expected to maintain the highest personal and ethical standards of conduct, consistent with professional standards as perceived by the faculty and professional personnel in the agencies used as extended campus sites. Any information indicating that such standards are not maintained is subject to review by members of the faculty, which may recommend to the college, dismissal from the program.

In compliance with the 1990 American with Disabilities Act, the Health Sciences Department does not discriminate against qualified Optical Technology applicants with disabilities. These performance standards, reflected in specific Optical Technology course/program objectives, are to assist each applicant in determining eligibility and the need for accommodations or modifications.

The terms below describing physical functions are general in nature.  Students who can perform the same actions effectively through the use of assistive technology or devices need to make an appointment with the Health Sciences Coordinator for evaluation.  

CRITICAL THINKING - ability sufficient for safe clinical judgment: calculating, reasoning, analyzing, prioritizing, synthesizing data. Make appropriate and timely decisions under stressful situations. Examples: identify cause/effect relationships in clinical situations.

INTERPERSONAL - in providing care and service, the abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups with diverse social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds: function effectively under stress.  Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times while maintaining a therapeutic relationship with clients, families, and vision care team members.  Example: establish rapport with diverse clients and effectively interact with colleagues.

COMMUNICATION - abilities sufficient for effective verbal and written interactions.  Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and word usage.   The student must have 95% ability to communicate actions, interpret client responses, perform teaching, document vision care activities, and interact with clients, staff, faculty and peers.  Examples: Explain diagnostic treatment procedures, teaching, document actions and client responses.

HEARING - ability sufficient to monitor and assess vision care needs.   Examples: Ability to hear and interpret many people and correctly interpret what is heard, prescriptions whether verbal or over the telephone, client reports and cries for help, emergency and equipment alarms.

SEEING - ability sufficient for observation and visual assessment in well-lit and dimly lit areas.  Examples: detect signs and symptoms, coloring and body language of clients, and possible infections anywhere.  Interpret written words accurately, read characters and identify colors in the client’s records and on the computer screen.    Perform close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.

TACTILE - ability sufficient for physical assessment and positioning.  Examples: Perform Palpation of the eye and related areas to determine the integrity of the underlying structures.  Includes palpation of  certain cardiovascular pulses.

MANIPULATING - gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.  The student must demonstrate the ability to have hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, simple firm grasping and fine and gross motor dexterity.  Examples: Calibrate, move, and use equipment/machines; lift, position, and transfer clients; produce clear and precise written information, grasp and control medical equipment.

MOBILITY - physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces and retrieve overhead equipment.  Examples: Move around clients’ rooms, equipment/machines, workspaces, and diagnostic/treatment areas.

STANDING/WALKING - The student must be able to move forward, backward, and laterally on carpet, tile, linoleum, asphalt and cement while providing and managing client care, gathering supplies and, obtaining and returning equipment.  Approximate distance = 3 to 6 miles.  It is also necessary for a student to have the capability of maintaining an upright position during many functions.

SITTING - The student must be able to sit while communicating with or teaching clients, operating computers, answering the telephone, writing reports and documenting,

LIFTING - The student must be able to lift floor to knee, knee to waist, and waist to shoulder level while handling supplies (5-10 lbs.).  Lift and transfer clients, medical equipment and supplies up to 6 inches from a stooped position, then push or pull the weight up to 3 feet. Average lifting requirement is 50 pounds.

CARRYING - The student must demonstrate the ability to carry items at waist level.

PUSHING/PULLING - The student must be able to effectively move carts, open and close doors and drawers, and to move equipment and furniture.

CLIMBING/BALANCING - The student must demonstrate the ability to navigate stairs going to and from other departments, and offices.

STOOPING/KNEELING - The student must demonstrate the ability to move to low enough positions to retrieve supplies from carts and cabinets, etc.

BENDING - The student must demonstrate the ability to move into appropriate positions while performing client assessments and treatments, gathering supplies, assisting clients with positioning.

CROUCHING/CRAWLING - The student must demonstrate the ability to retrieve items from under carts, equipment, etc.

REACHING/STRETCHING/TWISTING - The student must demonstrate the ability to extend their reach and move appropriately when gathering supplies and equipment, operating computers and equipment, administering care, assisting with client positioning, cleaning or disposing equipment and retrieving client files.

Travel Expectations: The clinical sites extend from northern Ventura County to eastern most portions of the San Fernando Valley, within an approximate 50-mile radius from Moorpark College. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation.

For successful completion of the Optical Technology Program, a minimum letter grade of C (75%) is necessary in all courses required for the major.

Costs incurred by optical technology students include, but are not limited to: Background check and drug screen, and uniform.