Course Catalog

Opticianry - OP14 Diploma

Program Description: The Opticianry diploma 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 diploma.


  • 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

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Criminal background check required prior to start of clinical rotation.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.
Gainful Employment Information
General Core Courses 6
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
Occupational Courses 53
OPHD 1010 Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics 3
OPHD 1020 Eye Anatomy and Physiology 3
OPHD 1080 Contact Lens I 5
OPHD 2120 Lens Selection 6
OPHD 2130 Contact Lens II 5
OPHD 2090 Frame Selection 5
OPHD 1030 Applied Optical Theory 2
OPHD 1060 Optical Laboratory Technique I 6
OPHD 2170 Contact Lens Review 3
OPHD 1070 Optical Laboratory Technique II 6
OPHD 2180 Opticianry Review 3
OPHD 2190 Opticianry OBI 6
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