Program Overview


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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.

Durham Tech students who completed the program, had a 100 percent pass rate on the 2017 North Carolina State Board of Opticians Licensure exams.

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 the program and licensure pass rates, and course participation. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus Optical Shop.

Review the Admissions Checklist and Admissions Application (available here February 1, 2020). If you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the above information, you may contact Anna-Wade Banks.

Next Application Deadline is Jul 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type



Main Campus, Online

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

20 months
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Licensure Pass Rate


Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

“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