Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
OPT110Ophthalmic Pretesting2This course covers the relationships between optometry, ophthalmology and opticianry and various paraprofessional careers in vision care. The course involves the study of and practical experience in patient pre-testing, i.e., case history, visual acuity, color vision, pupil evaluation, depth perception, and the specialized testing procedures of keratometry and blood pressure measurement.Loading...
OPT112Ophthalmic Specialty Testing3This course provides the student experience and knowledge in the areas of special vision care procedures: subjective refraction, tonometry (non-contact and Goldmann), visual field testing, slit lamp, basic concepts of orthoptics, and the treatment of eye diseases. This course also prepares the technician to assist the doctor in advanced office techniques in the area of ultrasound and in-office surgical procedures. Also covered are medications commonly prescribed for systemic conditions. Patient instruction and assistance are emphasized in laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: OPT 110, 120, 123Loading...
OPT120Basic Optical Concepts/Optics3This course covers the properties of light and the function of a lens in vision correction. This course begins the study of the neutralization and verification of spectacle lens powers, to include spherical, cylindrical and prism lenses.Loading...
OPT123Ocular Anatomy and Physiology2This course is intended to familiarize the technician with the form and function of the human eye. The foundation of the lecture material is the anatomy of the eye, but we will discuss the physiology and function of the eye as much as possible. We will also discuss the actions and uses of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents, as their function is based on interference with normal ocular physiology. This course also covers optometric terminology.Loading...
OPT130Ophthalmic Dispensing I2This course covers frame definition, parts and types of frames, measurement of frames and lenses, alignment of frames, inserting and removing lenses, and an introduction to dispensing of eyewear and frame repairs.Loading...
OPT132Ophthalmic Dispensing II2This course assists the student in developing a mastery of the alignment, adjustment of eyewear and lensometry. It also covers the various lens materials, multifocal styles and lens tints. This class also addresses general office procedures, maintaining patient records and learning about third party billing. Prerequisite: OPT 130, 120Loading...
OPT140Contact Lenses3This course gives the student in-depth exposure to the technical aspects of a clinical contact lens practice. Lecture and laboratory experiences emphasize lens verification, patient education and evaluation. Prerequisite: OPT 120, 110, 123Loading...
OPT803Preclinical1This course prepares the student for clinical affiliation by having them complete vision screenings on patients. Discussions are held analyzing the results of the screening as well as the student's performance. Also included in this course will be an introduction to office management techniques including appointment setting and triage, HIPAA, and insurance claim processing. Corequisite: OPT 112. Prerequisite: OPT 110, 120Loading...
OPT818Clinical Externship8Students participate 40 hours per week for twelve weeks of assigned clinical experience in clinical settings. The student is expected to achieve specific educational objectives determined for this experience. Prerequisite: Completion of all program courses as prescribed while maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average.Loading...