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 courses may not be offered every semester.


Q: What do the classes cost?

All students taking online classes pay the resident tuition rate! Most of the classes are 2 or 3 credits.  Approximate tuition per class: 2 credits - $295.00 and 3 credits $445.00.  The Practice Management & Patient Relations course has slightly lower tuition.


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.  We encourage you to take the courses in a sequence.The sequential course plan is as follows:

Table of Online Course Sequence


Q: When do the next classes begin?

Classes begin early September 2016. You may sign up at any time to reserve a place in the courses of your choice.


Q: How do I enroll in the courses/program?

Click here to complete the Online Application and the online Optometric Technician Mentor Form.


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 due each week.  The assignments are a mix of class discussions, web site review, reading class notes/textbook, written work, worksheets, group projects, papers and quizzes.  These are college credit courses offered by an accredited program therefore the online courses have the same rigor as standard classroom courses.


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

No, you do not need to come to campus!  The online student works completely online with an office mentor.


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. The eligible student may bypass the two other certification examinations (CPO and CPOA) and sit directly for the CPOT written exam. Also, for graduates of accredited programs practical exam for CPOT certification is waived.


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

Complete program information and course descriptions can be found on the Madison College Website or by contacting Program Director Ann Hayden-Finger email, (608) 246-6472.