Optometric Technician



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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 315162

Credits: 27

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $3,807.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

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

Optometric Technician


To Apply

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

In-person Program         Online Program

After Acceptance

Once you are 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.


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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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.


  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates231915
    Number of Surveys Sent231915
    Number of Surveys Returned15129
    Percent of Surveys Returned65.2%63.2%60.0%
    Available for Employment13119
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%91.7%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market210
    Percent Not in Labor Market15.4%8.3%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed12119
    Percent of Graduates Employed92.3%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation12119
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment100
    Percent Seeking Employment7.7%0.0%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.83.64
    Number of Satisfaction Responses13129
    Very Satisfied (4)1079
    Percent Very Satisfied76.9%58.3%100.0%
    Satisfied (3)350
    Percent Satisfied23.1%41.7%0.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses15129
    Preparation for Getting a Job654
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job40.0%41.7%44.4%
    Career Change452
    Percent Career Change26.7%41.7%22.2%
    Improvement of Existing Skills212
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills13.3%8.3%22.2%
    Preparation for Further Education210
    Percent Preparation for Further Education13.3%8.3%0.0%
    Personal Interest101
    Percent Personal Interest6.7%0.0%11.1%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses10119
    Before Enrollment321
    Percent Before Enrollment30.0%18.2%11.1%
    While Attending the College202
    Percent While Attending the College20.0%0.0%22.2%
    After Training at the College596
    Percent After Training at the College50.0%81.8%66.7%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses12119
    In College District1094
    Percent In College District83.3%81.8%44.4%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District013
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%9.1%33.3%
    Outside of Wisconsin112
    Percent Outside Wisconsin8.3%9.1%22.2%
    Employer Location Unknown100
    Percent Location Unknown8.3%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count1197
    Average Monthly Wage$2,911$2,910$2,824
    Average Hourly Wage$16.92$16.92$16.42
    Average Work Hours per Week39.643.139.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count12
    Average Hourly Wage$17.15$17.60
    Average Work Hours per Week32.032.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Bonsett-Veal Vision Source Lab Technician
    Mayo clinic Ophthalmology Technician Tomah
    Moore Family Eyecare Optometric Technician Mountain Grove MO
    SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
    SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care Optometric Assistant
    UW Health Ophthalmic Assistant
    UW Health Optometric Technician
    UW Health University Station Clinic Ophthalmic Assistant
    UW Health University Station Clinic Optometric Technician
    UW Health University Station Clinic Optometry Assistant

    * - 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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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).