If you are currently working in an eye care setting and are interested in learning more and preparing for the national Paraoptometric Technician certification written examination, you will want to consider the Madison College online Optometric Technician program.
You will need to secure a mentor (see Mentor Guidelines) to assist in and oversee some of the lab activities. The program is a four semester part time program. Upon completion you will receive a One Year Technical diploma from Madison College.
The program can be completed entirely online allowing you to maintain your full time employment while taking courses.
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.
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.