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Optometric Technician FAQs

 

Q     What courses are offered?

The complete program is available online, consisting of Optical Dispensing 1 (3 cr); Optical Dispensing 2 (2 cr); Basic Optical Concepts (3 cr); Ophthalmic Pre-testing (3 cr); Ocular Anatomy (2 cr); Contact Lenses (3 cr); Practice Management & Patient Relations (2 cr) and Ophthalmic Specialty Testing (3 cr).  All the courses may not be offered each semester.

 

Q     What do the classes cost?

All students taking online classes pay the Wisconsin resident tuition rate! Most of the classes are 2 or 3 credits.  Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year is:  2 credits - $270.00 and 3 credits $405.00.  The Practice Management & Patient Relations course has slightly lower tuition.

 

Q     What are students saying about the program?

"I am so happy to be back in class. I liked this unit. The information and videos were extremely helpful to me. I like "coming to the table" feeling prepared. This unit makes me feel better prepared to help patients feel comfortable and to explain the test to them."

A current student speaking about the tonometry unit within the Ophthalmic Specialty Testing course.

 

"I am so impressed with how well I am doing in the class; I was very nervous about taking on this challenge and I am proud with how well it is going.  I feel very comfortable with the online format.  I get nervous when I have to work in a group project but that will get better the more I have to do it.  I am thrilled with how much I am learning and so is my doctor.  I look forward to learning more and getting better at my job because of it!"

A current student speaking about the Ocular Anatomy class.

 

Q     Do I have to take all the courses in the program or may I select a few?

The choice is yours!  You can begin one course at a time – not all courses are offered each semester.  We do encourage you to take the courses in a sequence. Also some courses have prerequisites that will be adhered to, so if you choose to deviate from the suggested sequence please contact the program.

 

The sequential course plan is as follows:

 

Fall Start

Spring Start

Semester 1

Ocular Anatomy (2 credits)

Ophthalmic Pre-testing (3 credits)

Semester 1

Basic Optical Concepts (3 credits)

Optical Dispensing 1 (3 credits)

Semester 2

Basic Optical Concepts (3 credits) Optical Dispensing 1 (3 credits)

Semester 2  

Ocular Anatomy (2 credits)

Ophthalmic Pre-testing (3 credits)

Semester 3

Optical Dispensing 2 (2 credits)

Ophthalmic Specialty Testing (3 credits)

Semester 3

Patient Relations & Practice Mgt (2 credits)

Contact Lenses (3 credits)

Semester 4  

Patient Relations & Practice Mgt (2 credits)

Contact Lenses (3 credits)

Semester 4

Optical Dispensing 2 (2 credits)

Ophthalmic Specialty Testing (3 credits)

 

Q     When do the next classes begin?

We admit new students into the online program each semester. The classes typically begin near the end of August for the fall semester and early January for the spring semester.  You may sign up at anytime to reserve a place in the courses of your choice.

 

Q     How do I enroll in the courses/program?

Please apply using the Optometric Technician Online Program link. Then, complete and submit the Online Application, official transcripts documenting graduation, and the online Optometric Technician Mentor Form.

 

Once you have submitted this form the Program Director will determine your eligibility in the program and contact you with additional information.  If you have a junk mail filter on your email account it will be important to check this folder for email from the program.

 

Q     Are the classes self-paced?

Classes are not self-paced.  The courses are structured into units and most classes are interactive and have assignments that are due each week.  The assignments are a mix of class discussions, web site review, reading class notes/textbook, written work, worksheets, group/partner projects, papers and quizzes.  These are college credit courses offered by an accredited program therefore; the online courses have the same rigor as our classroom courses.

 

Q     Do I need to come to the Madison College campus?

No, you would not need to come to campus!  The online student works completely online with an office mentor. The online Optometric Technician Program utilizes office mentors to assist you in learning the skills required of an Optometric Technician. Review the Online Optometric Technician Mentor Guidelines.

 

Q     Do I receive credit for my on-the-job knowledge?

Yes!  Online students apply (at no cost) for experiential learning credits for three courses – Human Relations (1 credit), PreClinical (2 credits) and Clinical Experience (3 credits).  The program director will provide information regarding the experiential learning credit process.

 

Q     Will I be eligible for certification through the program?

Yes, students intending to complete the entire program and earn the technical diploma are eligible, in their last semester of study, to sit for the Optometric Technician (CPOT) certification examination prepared by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification of the American Optometric Association.  Also, for graduates of accredited programs the practical exam for CPOT certification is waived.  The eligible student may bypass the two other certification examinations (CPO and CPOA) and sit directly for the CPOT written exam. 

 

Q     Where can I find additional information about the program and Madison College?

Complete program information, along with course descriptions, may be found on the Madison College Website or contact Ann Hayden-Finger, Program Director, by email or at (608) 246-6472.