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1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

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Optometric Technician

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315162


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

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. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Optometric Technician


To Apply

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

In-person Program         Online Program

  • 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 into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


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.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 30 16 1
    Number of Surveys Sent 30 16 1
    Number of Surveys Returned 26 11 1
    Percent of Surveys Returned 86.70% 68.80% 100.00%
    Available for Employment 25 11 0
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 0.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 4.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 25 11 0
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 24 10 0
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 96.00% 90.90%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4.00% 9.10%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.7 4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 25 11 1
    Very Satisfied 17 8 1
    Percent Very Satisfied 68.00% 72.70% 100.00%
    Satisfied 7 3 0
    Percent Satisfied 28.00% 27.30% 0.00%
    Unsatisfied 1 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 4.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 26 11 1
    Preparation for Getting a Job 7 2 0
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 26.90% 18.20% 0.00%
    Career Change 8 4 0
    Percent Career Change 30.80% 36.40% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 6 4 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 23.10% 36.40% 100.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 5 1 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 19.20% 9.10% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 25 11 0
    Before Enrollment 5 6 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 20.00% 54.50%
    While Attending the College 4 1 0
    Percent While Attending the College 16.00% 9.10%
    After Training at the College 16 4 0
    Percent After Training at the College 64.00% 36.40%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 25 11 1
    In College District 16 8 0
    Percent In College District 64.00% 72.70% 0.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 5 1 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 20.00% 9.10% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 3 2 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 12.00% 18.20% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 1
    Percent Location Unknown 4.00% 0.00% 100.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 19 10 No Data Available
    Average Monthly Wage $2,555 $2,791
    Average Hourly Wage $14.85 $16.22
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.8 40.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3
    Average Hourly Wage $15.40
    Average Work Hours per Week 25


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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).