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Online Optometric Course Plan - Technical Diploma

Four Semester Course Plan – Technical Diploma

Not every course of the program is offered every semester. Students enrolled in the online technical diploma program at Madison Area Technical College are advised to follow this course plan; the plan varies between a spring semester vs. fall semester start.
 
FALL START:
 
Semester 1 - Fall
Ocular Anatomy (2 credits)
Ophthalmic Pre-testing (3 credits)
 
Semester 2 - Spring
Basic Optical Concepts (3 credits)
Optical Dispensing 1 (3 credits)
 
Semester 3 - Fall
Optical Dispensing 2 (2 credits)
Ophthalmic Specialty Testing (3 credits)
 
Semester 4 - Spring
Contact Lenses (3 credits)
Patient Relations & Practice Mgt (2 credits)
 
 
SPRING START:
 
Semester 1 - Spring
Basic Optical Concepts (3 credits)
Optical Dispensing 1 (3 credits)
 
Semester 2 - Fall
Ocular Anatomy (2 credits)
Ophthalmic Pre-testing (3 credits)
 
Semester 3 - Spring
Contact Lenses (3 credits)
Pt Relations & Practice Mgt (2 credits)
 
Semester 4 (Fall)
Optical Dispensing 2 (2 credits)
Ophthalmic Specialty Testing (2 credits)
 
 
Because all online students enter the program with work experience, students may apply for experiential learning credits. These credits are granted via an application process and there is no cost associated with this. The courses that you may apply for experiential learning credits are:
Human Relations (1 credit)
Preclinical (2 credits)
Clinical Experience (3 credits)
 
Note: The Program Director will send you the appropriate forms for the experiential credits at the end of semester 3. You must document sufficient work experience to earn the credit; if you do not have sufficient work experience, additional course work will be required for graduation.
 
Upon successful completion of the above plan, you will be eligible to sit for the Optometric Technician Certification Examination (CPOT) given by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification during your 4th semester. Students in the program qualify for the Student Fee for this exam and may skip the first two exams (CPO, CPOA).