Friday, March 28, 2014

Optician/Technician courses, certificate and A.S. degree

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 an 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 a student to earn a Certificate in Optometric Technology/Opticianry in two semesters (29 credits). The second option allows a student 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.


Here is a great way to “try out” the program… There are three program courses in the Optician/Technician Program open to any interested student. 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. Also in the fall, TOPT-V111 Optical Concepts & Properties (3 cr) is offered to interested students. In the spring semester, TOPT-V153 Ophthalmic Dispensing (3 cr) is offered and teaches students a marketable skill.


For more information and application visit our web page:


Interested, but still not sure?  Contact Sandi Pickel ( or Joe Boes ( to arrange a tour of the optometry clinic and teaching facilities.  IU School of Optometry, 800 E. Atwater Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405.  Call 812-855-1917 for more information.


Apply by July 1, 2014 for the fall 2014 entering class.