Program Overview

Opticianry

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* This program is financial aid eligible.
The Opticianry curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to adapt and fit corrective eyewear or ophthalmic devices as prescribed by the ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Students will acquire competencies in all phases of opticianry, including analysis and interpretation of prescriptions; surfacing, benchwork, dispensing, and fitting of eyewear and ophthalmic devices; maintenance of consumer records; effective communication with consumers; and business management skills.

Graduates should qualify to take certification examinations given by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, and the North Carolina State Board of Opticians, as well as other state licensing boards.


The Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Opticians.

View more information about program and licensure outcomes, and course participation. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus Optical Shop.

How to Apply: 

Program applications are accepted February 1– July 15.

  1. View the Admissions Checklist.
  2. Use the green button below to apply to Durham Tech following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps. Once course placement requirements are met,
  3. Apply to the Opticianry program using the program application form

If you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the information, you may contact Catina Hill-Wafula.

Fall Application Deadline is Jun 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees

$5396.00

Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Location

Main Campus, Online

Minimum Credit Hours

68

Program Stats

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Average Salary

$41,518
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Average Class Size

16
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Estimated Completion Time

20 months
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Licensure Pass Rate

100%

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
ACC-115 College Accounting 4
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
MAT-121 Algebra/Trigonometry I 3
OPH-112 Ophthalmic Lab II 3
OPH-131 Optical Dispensing I 3
OPH-141 Optical Theory I 3
OPH-222 Optical Business Management 3
OPH-233 Adv Optical Procedures 4
OPH-251 Optical Internship I 1
OPH-261 Contact Lenses I 4
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
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“I really like how challenging the Opticianry Program is at Durham Tech. This field is something there will always be a need for. No matter how fast technology advances, there’s going to be someone behind the machines that needs to understand how things work and I look forward to fulfilling that role as a licensed optician.”

—Enzo Anchetta