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Optometric Technician
Program Number: 315162
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
27 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$3,807.00 Tuition
$524.95 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$238.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    An optometric technician works under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. 

    In the Optometric Technician program at Madison College, instructors train students to work in eye care, emphasizing the unique duties required of an optometric technician to provide quality vision care services to patients.

    An important part of the curriculum is the clinical experience portion, in which you will work directly with doctors and patients.

    Technical training includes:

    • Patient pre-testing skills such as visual acuity, measuring eye pressure, muscle movement and pupillary assessment
    • Operating ophthalmic equipment such as phoropters, ophthalmic imaging instruments, ultrasonography, visual field testing, tonometers and lensometers
    • Assisting in ophthalmic surgery
    • Ocular anatomy and physiology
    • Ophthalmic terminology and pharmacology
    • Frame and lens selection and eyeglass adjustments
    • Contact lens patient education
    • Visual training and practice management
    • Equipment maintenance and repair

    Please note that after acceptance to the Optometric Technician program, you will be required to complete a background check, provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Further information about these requirements will be shared at program orientation.

    Program Details

    Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.

    Students in the Optometric Technician program must attend full time. 

    Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:20 p.m. 

    Optometric Technician program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    To Enroll:

    1. Must be admitted to the Optometric Technician program; see Admission tab. 
    2. Meet the Registration Requirements below to register for Optometric Technician program classes.  


    Students must demonstrate algebra competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score cannot be more than two years old:

    • ACT Math 17+
    • Accuplacer (Arithmetic) 76+
    • Accuplacer Next Gen (Arithmetic) 250+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Elementary Algebra with Apps (10834110) or higher
    • College Math (10804107)
    • Mathematical Reasoning (10804134) or higher
    • Applied Math for Chemistry (77854756)
    • Math for Health (77854788)


    Students must demonstrate English competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score cannot be more than two years old:

    • ACT English 17+
    • Accuplacer Write 5+ and Sentence 86+
    • Accuplacer Next Gen Writing 260+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • English 1 (20801201) or higher
    • Intro to College Writing (10831103)

    3. A bachelor's degree or higher


    Students must demonstrate reading competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score cannot be more than two years old:

    • ACT Reading 19+
    • Accuplacer Reading 80+
    • Accuplacer Next Gen Reading 261+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • English 1 (20801201) or higher
    • College Reading Strategies (10808101) or Intro Reading & Study Skills (10838105)

    3. A bachelor's degree or higher


    Earning your technical diploma in the Optometric Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for a range of professional positions in the optometric field, including:

    • Optometric Technician - Assists an optometrist in the delivery of eye care. Duties may include: preliminary testing, contact lens instruction, fitting and dispensing of eyewear, front office management and patient education. 
    • Ophthalmic Assistant - Assists an ophthalmologist in the delivery of eye care. Duties may include: preliminary testing procedures, refractometry, tonometry, assisting physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures including surgery, ophthalmic photography and patient education.
    • Dispensing Technician - Specializes in fitting and dispensing of eyewear; may be employed by an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist or own their own optical dispensary.
    • Contact Lens Technician - Duties may include the ordering, verification and dispensing of contact lenses. The contact lens technician may also assist the doctor in chairside techniques of fitting contact lenses.

    Flexible Learning Options

    In-state or out-of-state students can complete the Optometric Technician - Online program without paying out-of-state tuition. 

    The Optometric Technician program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

    In-person Program         Online Program

    After Acceptance 

    Once you have been admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

    After completing Optometric Technician program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:

    • Perform a variety of supportive optometric procedures.
    • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance.
    • Assist the optometrist in the care of patients.
    • Assist patients with glasses and/or contact lenses.
    • Perform business office procedures.

    Program Mission: to prepare certification eligible technicians to work as members of the eye care team under the supervision of optometrists, ophthalmologists and other health care providers. To train individuals to assist in providing quality eye care to the patient.

    Program Goals:

    1. Provide relevant instruction to an optimal number of students each year in eye, vision, optical concepts, pretesting procedures, specialty testing procedures, contact lenses, optical dispensing and practice management.
    2. Prepare students as life-long learners and problem-solvers who can respond to a continually changing eye care profession.
    3. Utilize technology to deliver the program content to enhance the classroom experience for the students.
    4. Utilize technology to deliver program content to people already employed in an eye care setting.
    5. Maintain program accreditation with the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 23 19 15
      Number of Surveys Sent 23 19 15
      Number of Surveys Returned 15 12 9
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 13 11 9
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 91.7% 100.0%
      Not in Labor Market 2 1 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 15.4% 8.3% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 12 11 9
      Percent of Graduates Employed 92.3% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 12 11 9
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 1 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 7.7% 0.0% 0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3.6 4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 13 12 9
      Very Satisfied (4) 10 7 9
      Percent Very Satisfied 76.9% 58.3% 100.0%
      Satisfied (3) 3 5 0
      Percent Satisfied 23.1% 41.7% 0.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 15 12 9
      Preparation for Getting a Job 6 5 4
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.0% 41.7% 44.4%
      Career Change 4 5 2
      Percent Career Change 26.7% 41.7% 22.2%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 2 1 2
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 13.3% 8.3% 22.2%
      Preparation for Further Education 2 1 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 13.3% 8.3% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 1 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 6.7% 0.0% 11.1%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 10 11 9
      Before Enrollment 3 2 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 30.0% 18.2% 11.1%
      While Attending the College 2 0 2
      Percent While Attending the College 20.0% 0.0% 22.2%
      After Training at the College 5 9 6
      Percent After Training at the College 50.0% 81.8% 66.7%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 12 11 9
      In College District 10 9 4
      Percent In College District 83.3% 81.8% 44.4%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 3
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 9.1% 33.3%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 2
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 8.3% 9.1% 22.2%
      Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 8.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 11 9 7
      Average Monthly Wage $2,911 $2,910 $2,824
      Average Hourly Wage $16.92 $16.92 $16.42
      Average Work Hours per Week 39.6 43.1 39.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 2
      Average Hourly Wage $17.15 $17.60
      Average Work Hours per Week 32.0 32.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Advocate Aurora Healthcare Optometric Ophthalmic Technician 1 Menomonee Falls
      Eye Care of Edenton Certified Paraoptometric Technician Edenton NC
      Great Eyecare Optometric Technician Greensboro NC
      Shopko Optical Optician Verona
      UW Health Hospital & Clinics Ophthalmology Assistant
      UW Health Hospital & Clinics Ophthalmic Assistant
      UW Medical Foundation Clinical Ophthalmology Assistant Middleton
      UW Medical Foundation Optometric Technician Middleton
      UW Medical Foundation Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Middleton

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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