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No matter which area of opticianry you choose, you'll be in high demand in the job market because the need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. It may surprise you to learn that while our eyes are healthier in many ways than in the past, some eye problems are actually growing more common due to changes in our lifestyles and the aging population.
For instance, the incidence of myopia (nearsightedness) is growing rapidly. In fact, experts estimate that nearsightedness will increase by 50% over the next decade. It may be because we spend more time doing close work and less time outside. Other eye problems, such as presbyopia (the poor near vision that develops as we age), are also increasing as our population gets older.
In this course, you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician in the states that recognize this certification. In addition, you'll prepare to take the Basic American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exams, which includes the NOCE (National Opticianry Competency Exam) and the CLRE (Contact Lens Registry Exam), which is required by many states to work as an optician or as a stepping-stone to career advancement.
After successfully completing this course, you will possess the knowledge required to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO), National Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE) exam, or Contact Lens Registry Exam (CLRE). However, we recommend researching your state's requirements prior to pursuing a career as an optician. While some states only require a high school diploma or GED and passing score on the ABO exam to fulfill licensing requirements, others have their own optician licensing exams. Additionally, some states may require that opticians complete an apprenticeship program or degree program in order to become licensed.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
There are no prerequisites to take this course. However a high school diploma or GED is required to take the ABO exam.
After successfully completing this course, you will possess the knowledge required to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Basic certification exams, Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE) and Contact Lens Registry Exam (CLRE). However, we do recommend researching your state's requirements prior to pursuing a career as an optician. While some states only require a high school diploma or GED and passing score on the ABO exam to fulfill licensing requirements, others have their own optician licensing exams. Additionally, some states may require that opticians complete an apprenticeship program or degree program in order to become licensed.
Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for 30 years. She holds a Master of Business Administration and founded a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Throughout her career, Smith has taught many future opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and fellow optometrists. Her work has been published in the professional journals New O.D. and Women in Optometry.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared to take the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Basic certification exams - Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE) and Contact Lens Registry Exam (CLRE).
How does this course prepare me to become an optician?
By taking this course, you will learn how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases. You will also learn various office responsibilities within an optometrist's office, including bookkeeping, tracking inventory and sales, and maintaining customer records (including payments and prescriptions).
After completing this course, you will be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician and have the skills and knowledge to advance as an optical manager in this popular and exciting medical field.
How long does it take to become an optician?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start whenever you are ready and finish at your own pace. When you register, you will receive 18 months to complete the course.
How much do opticians make?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median salary for opticians is $38,530, with top professionals in this field making over $60,000 per year.
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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