School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

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Optometric Technician - Online

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315162-ET


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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be employed by or affiliated with an eye care office in order to have access to the equipment needed for most courses.
  • You must have an eye care professional to serve as your laboratory mentor for many of the courses (mentor guidelines will be mailed to your mentor).
  • Upon application to the Online Optometric Technician program, you will be required to submit employment verification.

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. 

This program is offered completely online.


To Apply

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

After Acceptance

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

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

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 or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 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
Third Semester
Fourth Semester

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.


Related Programs

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)