Optometric Technician - Online

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315162


If you already work in an eye care office and want to become an optometric technician, Madison College's Online Optometric Technician program is for you.

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.

Program Details

The Online Optometric Technician program is available part time only. 

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

This program can be completed entirely online, if you are currently employed in an eye clinic and have secured a mentor.

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 through campus tours, program open houses and more.

After Acceptance In-person Program

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

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018    Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

After Acceptance Online Program

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

After acceptance to this program, you will be required to complete a background check, provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. 


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 2018-2019 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.


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.

Program Goals:

  • 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.



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.
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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)