Course Catalog

Opticianry - OP13 Degree

Program Description: The Opticianry degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's Opticianry field. A licensed dispensing optician (LDO) can be described as a visual pharmacist who fills the written prescription orders of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. The opticianry program teaches students how to fabricate prescription lenses, from semi finished lens blanks, to be inserted into fashionable eyewear worn by the patient. Adjusting and fitting eyewear as well as frame selection and dispensing are also part of the curriculum. The Opticianry program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of Opticianry management. Graduates of the program receive an Opticianry degree.


  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.
General Core Courses 15
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Area II - Social/Behavior Science - Complete 3 Hours 3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics - Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1100 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning 3
MATH 1101 Mathematic Modeling 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Complete 3 Hours 3
Additional General Education Core Elective 3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking 3
Occupational Courses 56
OPHD 1010 Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics 3
OPHD 1020 Eye Anatomy and Physiology 3
OPHD 1030 Applied Optical Theory 2
OPHD 1060 Optical Laboratory Technique I 6
OPHD 1070 Optical Laboratory Technique II 6
OPHD 1080 Contact Lens I 5
OPHD 2090 Frame Selection 5
OPHD 2120 Lens Selection 6
OPHD 2130 Contact Lens II 5
OPHD 2170 Contact Lens Review 3
OPHD 2180 Opticianry Review 3
OPHD 2190 Opticianry OBI 6
Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
COLL 1010 College and Career Success Skills 3
COMP 2000 Intro. to Technology and Computer Application 3
Faculty & Staff

Opticianry Program Coordinator

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