Our Optometric Technician training will prepare you to assist an optometrist or ophthalmologist with vision testing, frame styling services and vision therapy programs. The program combines 140 hours of classroom instruction with 120 hours in a medical office externship (Externship hours vary by state). Over the course of 6 months you will learn how to help clients to see better through routine vision testing and the correct choice of eyewear, based on style, size and budget. Graduates can take the optional Certified Paraoptometric Examination (CPO) offered by the American Optometric Association (AOA.)
Payment Plans & Scholarships are available.
Schedule / Duration
Finish Optometric Technician training in 6 months with day or evening schedules
Get real world experience with our optometric assistant program externships
Make an average of $12 to $16 per hour as an Optometric Technician
The optometric assistant program has over 150 classroom locations nationwide
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Sallie Mae Loans
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Schedule / Duration
In the course of six months, we combine 140 hours of classroom instruction with a 120 hour externship (Externship hours vary by state). Weekend schedules are available. Graduates can take the optional Certified Paraoptometric Examination (CPO) offered by the American Optometric Association (AOA).
We know how important on-the-job training can be. That is why we guarantee externship placement for all students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the student handbook. This practical experience has allowed many of our students to receive job offers immediately upon graduation. Externships are offered near your classroom location. Externship hours vary by state.
What Optometry Technicians Do:
Obtains and records patients’ preliminary case history
Maintains records, schedules appointments, performs bookkeeping, correspondence, and filing
Prepare patient for vision examination; assists in testing for near and far acuity, depth perception, macula integrity, color perception, and visual field, utilizing ocular testing apparatus.
Instructs in patient care and use of glasses or contact lenses
Works with patient in vision therapy
Assists patient in frame selection
Adjusts and repairs glasses
Modifies contact lenses
Maintains inventory of materials and cleans instruments
Assists in fabrication of eye glasses or contact lenses
The majority of optometry technicians work in optometrists’ offices with other optometric professionals. The typical work week is 40 hours long and may include evenings or weekends depending on the patients’ needs. Part-time professions may also be available in this profession.
How to Become an Optometry Technician:
Students interested in becoming an optometric technician are recommended to take high school courses in biology, dental/medical assisting, health occupations/medical professions education, computer skills, general clerical work, algebra, office practices, English, literature, history and social studies.
Students with an interest in becoming an optometry technician should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Optometry technicians may be trained on-the-job, but often complete a two-year associate’s degree.
After completing a formal training program, individuals may become a Certified Optometric Technician.
Optometric Technicians salaries can range from $20,000 to $34,000. Wages will vary based on employer, location and experience.
Employment opportunities for optometry technicians should be great over the next decade. There is an expected increase of over 20% in the number of new jobs that will be available through the year of 2012.
Boston Reed is proud to partner with hundreds of schools across the United States. If you aren't able to find a location for this program please let us know. We are constantly adding more locations and hope to help you online or in the classroom.
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