Opticianry Program


Mission, Goals and Objectives




The mission of the program is to provide instruction to enable the student to develop into a competent entry-level licensed optician. To accomplish this, equal attention is given to the laboratory, practical (clinical) and the didactic portions of the curriculum. It is the goal of the Health Science Division to provide maximum opportunity for the student to learn and develop so that upon graduation he/she will be able to function as a knowledgeable, self-directed individual. The program also assists the college in meeting a segment of its mission of being an education leader and meeting the needs of the community.


Program Goals

The goals for the Hillsborough Community College's Opticianry Program were developed in concert with the program's philosophy and the mission and goals of the college. The following are the program goals.

  1. The Hillsborough Community College Associate in Science Degree Opticianry Program is a two-year program consisting of six semesters, designed to prepare an individual for a challenging and rewarding career as a licensed optician.
  2. The program is academically designed to prepare the graduate to take the Florida Board of Opticianry Examination, National Opticianry Competency Examination, Contact Lens Registry Examination for Licensure as an Optician.
  3. It is the program's intent that all program graduates obtain employment. The program faculty and the college job placement office will assist the graduate in acquiring employment.
  4. The program desires that all graduates become licensed or certified and will provide the guidance for obtaining such credentials.
  5. It is the intent of the program that all graduates be competent and knowledgeable in state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. Consequently, the program will keep the student abreast of the current trends in the ophthalmic profession.
  6. The program will provide the student with the basic knowledge of procedures and equipment related to the field.
  7. The program will introduce the student to the basic principles of management of an Ophthalmic Dispensing facility.
  8. The program will provide the student with the basic knowledge and skills involved in quality assurance procedures.
  9. The Opticianry Program is designed to develop Ophthalmic Dispensers qualified to fabricate, measure, adapt and fit spectacles and contact lenses for aid in correction of ocular abnormalities.
  10. It is the intent of the program to produce competent ophthalmic professionals with ethical behavior when interacting with clients.
  11. The program will provide instruction to prepare the graduate to effectively communicate with the eye care professional and laboratory personnel.
  12. The program will provide instruction concerning general education curricula in the areas of communication, mathematics and social science.
  13. It is the intent of the program to eliminate hazardous waste and to reduce nonhazardous waste to the minimum levels economically and technically practical, and to be in full compliance with all federal and state environmental regulations.


Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Layout single vision and multifocal lenses.
  2. Grind, fine and polish single vision and/or multifocal lenses.
  3. Select lenses and supplies.
  4. Inspect lenses.
  5. Layout and block lenses.
  6. Machine and hand edge lenses.
  7. Air temper glass lenses.
  8. Chemical temper glass lenses.
  9. Tint hard resin lenses.
  10. Select appropriate lenses.
  11. Insert lenses into zyl frames.
  12. Insert lenses into metal frames.
  13. Mount lenses into rimless and semi-rimless mountings.
  14. Perform final inspection of eyeglasses.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of lens accessories.
  16. Analyze written prescriptions.
  17. Duplicate prescriptions from existing lenses.
  18. Evaluate clients life-style needs.
  19. Use selected instruments to assist in the calculation of fitting measurements.
  20. Calculate lens size and availability.
  21. Discuss changes with clients.
  22. Order lenses and frames.
  23. Verify finished prescriptions to specifications.
  24. Align frames and mountings.
  25. Adjust and fit optical devices to clients.
  26. Evaluate client suitability.
  27. Use selected instruments to conduct and assess fittings.
  28. Identify types of single vision, multifocal, and progressive lenses.
  29. Identify types of contact lenses.
  30. Conduct contact lens training.
  31. Outline potential complications.
  32. Conduct follow-up evaluations.
  33. Restore, finish and replace/repair decorative frame trim.
  34. Replace repair nosepieces on zyl and metal frames.
  35. Solder metal frames.
  36. Repair/replace temples, fronts, monofilament.
  37. Repair broken hinges.
  38. Reshape damaged frames to lenses.
  39. Modify frames for special needs.
  40. Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical standards of vision care professionals.
  41. Demonstrate the uses of several means of communication.
  42. Maintain and file client records.
  43. Bill and collect current and overdue accounts.
  44. Practice office supply control.
  45. Develop a small business plan of operation.
  46. Develop an office policy/procedure manual.
  47. Demonstrate knowledge of business finance and operating expense.
  48. Set up a pay scale and benefit for employees.
  49. Set up a bookkeeping system.
  50. Demonstrate a knowledge of tax forms, payroll, insurance and inventory needs.
  51. Demonstrate a knowledge of employee hiring and orientation.
  52. Diagram and explain the anatomy of the visual system.
  53. Recognize and discuss physiological conditions of the eye.
  54. Demonstrate knowledge of basic mathematical principles that are involved in optics.
  55. Describe the influence of thick and thin lenses on the behavior of light.
  56. Describe the influence of prism on the behavior of light.
  57. Describe the relationship and optical properties of cylindrical lenses.
  58. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of lens surface power measuring devices.
  59. Create and eliminate prismatic effect by decentration.
  60. Demonstrate the influence of lens thickness and surface curvature.
  61. Demonstrate a knowledge of technical computer functions.
  62. Demonstrate a knowledge of business applications of computers.
  63. Conduct a job search.
  64. Identify documents that may be required when applying for a job.
  65. Complete a job search.
  66. Demonstrate competence in job interview techniques.
  67. Identify or demonstrate appropriate responses to criticism from employer or supervisor.
  68. Identify acceptable work habits.
  69. Demonstrate knowledge of how to make job changes appropriately.
  70. Demonstrate acceptable employee health habits.
  71. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of refraction.
  72. Demonstrate the ability to do a subjective and objective refraction.
  73. Demonstrate the ability to take phoria measurements.
  74. Demonstrate the ability to take and record visual acuity.
  75. Demonstrate ability to determine the near power.
  76. Identify or demonstrate proper handling procedures for chemicals.



This page last updated December 16, 2016

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