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Optometry

The Indiana University School of Optometry has achieved national recognition for its preeminence in optometric education. The school provides space for classrooms, laboratories, clinics,a student resource center, offices, and supporting research and development activities. Students seeking admission to the School of Optometry in order to pursue a Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) may be admitted upon receipt of a baccalaureate degree or at the end of 90 college credit hours.

Optometric Technology/Opticianry

The IU School of Optometry also offers an Optician/Technician Program with two options for students. The first is a fast-track that allows students to earn a Certificate in Optometric Technology/Opticianry in two semesters (29 credits). The second option allows students to build on the certificate and, with an additional 31 credit hours, earn an Associate of Science degree in Optometric Technology/Opticianry (60 credits). Of those 31 additional credit hours, at least four credit hours must be clinic practicum courses and the remaining 27 may be chosen from allowable general education courses. The general education courses may be completed before or after the Optician/Technician Program courses. For students wanting a four-year degree, some IUB schools/departments accept optician/technician program credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

Students completing the program are qualified to begin careers as optometric technicians or opticians. This study offers an excellent entry point into one of the most interesting areas in the health care field. For additional information, contact the School of Optometry.

Career Information for the Optician and the Optometric Technician

Students acquire the skills needed to be employed as an optometric technician or optician. Students learn theoretical concepts and practical skills in the areas of anatomy and physiology of the eye; ophthalmic procedures and testing; office procedures; optical concepts and ophthalmic optics; ophthalmic dispensing; ophthalmic lens laboratory procedures; and contact lenses.

Opticians fill eyewear prescriptions. Their training includes dispensing eyewear, selecting frames, taking facial measurements, and choosing the best lens style for the patient. They are qualified to take the order written by an eye doctor, produce the lenses with the correct prescription, and shape the lenses to fit the frame. Optometric technicians must know how to select, adjust, and dispense eyewear. They learn business procedures and may be responsible for managing an office. Generally, they work closely with an eye doctor as part of an eye care team. Tasks include testing and measuring visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, field of vision, and pressures within the eye. Optometric technicians assist in various contact lens procedures and also teach contact lens patients to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses.

Admission Requirements

Interested students need to complete an application to the Optician/Technician Program. There are no prerequisites.  Students must be in good academic standing to apply. Many entrants into the program have already taken college courses and may be able to count them toward the requirements of the Optician/Technician Program. The application process is simple. You can obtain an application from the Office of Student Administration in the School of Optometry or download and print a copy of the application from the IU School of Optometry website.

First Courses for students admitted to the Optician/Technician Program Certificate or Associate of Science Degree  

  • TOPT‑V 111 Optical Concepts & Properties (3 cr.)
  • TOPT‑V 151 Ophthalmic Procedures 1 (4 cr.)
  • TOPT‑V 174 Office Procedures (3 cr.)
  • TOPT‑V 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 cr.)

First Courses for Students Exploring a career in Optometry or Optometric Technology/Opticianry

The following courses can be taken by any student and are appropriate for students considering a doctor of optometry degree, the Certificate or the Associate of Science degree in Optometric Technology/Opticianry.

  • TOPT-V 111 Optical Concepts & Properties (3cr.) Fall only 
  • TOPT‑V 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 cr.) Fall only
  • TOPT‑V 153 Ophthalmic Dispensing (4 cr.) Spring only
  • VSCI-V250 Miracle of Sight (3 cr.) Fall and Spring 
     
    • NOTE: TOPT-V 201 and VSCI-V 250 count in the N&M category for the IUB General Education Common Ground Curriculum.