If you are currently working in an eye care setting and are interested in learning more and preparing for the national Paraoptometric Technician certification written examination, you will want to consider the Madison College online Optometric Technician program.
You will need to secure a mentor (see Mentor Guidelines) to assist in and oversee some of the lab activities. The program is a four semester part time program. Upon completion you will receive a One Year Technical diploma from Madison College.
The program can be completed entirely online allowing you to maintain your full time employment while taking courses.
An optometric technician works under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. In the Online 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.
Technical Training includes:
- Patient pre-testing skills
- Contact lens patient education
- Ocular anatomy and physiology
- Optometric terminology
- Optical properties of light
- Visual training and practice management
- Frame and lens selection
- Eyeglass adjustment
For more information about the Online Optometric Technician program and the mentor/clinical preceptor role, please email Ann Hayden-Finger or call (608) 246-6472.
The Online Optometric Technician program is available part time only.
View the Online Optometric Technician Flyer.
Earning your technical diploma in the Online Optometric Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for a range of professional positions in the optometric field, including:
- Optometric Technician
- Ophthalmic Assistant: Assists an optometrist or ophthalmologist in the delivery of eye care. Duties may include: Preliminary testing procedures, dispensing of glasses and contact lenses and front office management.
- Dispensing Optician: 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
- Out-of-state students can complete the Optometric Technician Online program without paying out-of-state tuition.
MATC's Optometric Technician online 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.Online First SemesterOnline Second SemesterOnline Third SemesterOnline Fourth Semester
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started on the admission process
- Visit Us to learn more about the Madison College experience through campus tours, program open houses and more
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Madison College Online Optometric Technician program graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination and are 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.
- Provide relevant instruction to an optimal number of students each year in eye, vision, optical concepts, pre-testing procedures, specialty testing procedures, contact lenses, optical dispensing and practice management.
- Prepare students as life-long learners and problem-solvers who can respond to a continually changing eye care profession.
- Utilize technology to deliver the program content to enhance the classroom experience for the students.
- Utilize technology to deliver program content to people already employed in an eye care setting.
- Maintain program accreditation with the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.