Monday, April 1, 2013

New Certificate - Optician/Technician Program

IU School of Optometry

Optician/Technician Program


Two-semester Certificate (29 credits)


Two-year Associate of Science Degree (60 credits)


Learn a marketable skill in an exciting health field

in two semesters with A.S. degree option


Excellent job placement rate and high job satisfaction!


The IU School of Optometry offers an Optician/Technician Program with two options for students. The first is a fast-track that allows students to earn a Certificate in Optometric Technology/Opticianry in two semesters (29 credits). The second option allows students to build on a certificate and, with an additional 31 credit hours, earn an Associate of Science degree in Optometric Technology/Opticianry (60 credits). Of those 31 additional credit hours, at least four credit hours must be clinic practicum courses and the remaining 27 may be chosen from allowable general education courses. The general education courses may be completed before or after the Optician/Technician Program courses. For students wanting a four-year degree, some IUB schools/departments accept optician/technician program credits towards a bachelor’s degree.


A great way to “try out” the program… There are two program courses in the Optician/Technician Program open to any interested students. In the fall semester, TOPT-V201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 cr) is offered and counts as N&M for the Gen Ed Breadth of Inquiry requirement. In the spring semester, TOPT-V153 Ophthalmic Dispensing (3 cr) is offered. 


For more information and application visit our web page:


Interested, but still not sure?  Contact Sandi Pickel to arrange a tour of the optometry clinic and teaching facilities at

812-855-3997 email:


Apply by July 1, 2013 for the fall 2013 entering class.