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Optometric Technician

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315162

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:

  • Optometric terminology
  • Optical properties of light
  • Patient pre-testing skills
  • Frame and lens selection
  • Eyeglass adjustment
  • Contact lens patient education
  • Ocular anatomy and physiology
  • Visual training and practice management

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

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. 

All courses for this program are offered only online.

Optometric Technician


Admission

To Apply

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

In-person Program         Online Program

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Optometric Technician Petition Requirements.

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester





Second Semester






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.
Careers

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
  • 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.

Resources

Related Programs

Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant

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).