Madison Area Technical College offers an Optometric Technician program that can be completed entirely online. The Optometric Technician program’s mission is to train prospective certified technicians who can work as a member of an eye care team under the supervision of qualified eye care personnel such as an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. The program strives to train students to be able to deliver the proper eye care in accordance to the patient’s needs. Some goals of the Optometric Technician program are to provide instruction to students each in eye, vision and optical concepts, prepare students to be active problem solvers in the ever changing eye care field, and to utilize technology to provide the program curriculum to students in order to enhance their education.
The online course does not require the student to meet on campus like traditional classes, however, students will need to devote the same time for course work. The traditional class setting requires students to devote 4-7 hours per week and the online program will require the same. This online program is designed for students that are already employed in an eye care office and have access to an eye care mentor.
To ensure students have an eye care mentor, students will need to submit an Optometric Technician Mentor Form (OTMF) to enroll in the program. The mentor should be located within the eye care facility and provide asssistance to skills the student will need to be successful as an optometric technician. Students will meet with the mentor an average of 2-3 hours per week. Courses that require a mentor are Basic Optical Concepts, Optical Dispensing 1 and 2, Ophthalmic Pretesting, Contact Lenses, and Ophthalmic Specialty Testing. Mentors will help with skills such as keratometry, lensometry, blood pressure measurement, visual field testing, frame alignment/adjustment and slit lamp procedures. The mentor will also obtain the proper instrumentation to assist the student when practicing and conducting skill evaluations.
Student mentors will have to be approved by the Optometric Technician Program Director and must be knowledgeable in the program’s course curriculum. Students must have a mentor that is one of the following: Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, a graduate of the technician program, certified ophthalmic technician (COT), certified optometric technician (CPOT), certified ophthalmic medical technologist, or a licensed optician. The program will provide the mentor with a guidebook and evaluation checklist for the student.
Upon completion graduates will be able to perform skills such as perform eye care prescreening and specialty testing procedures, educate and assist patients with glasses or contacts on proper eye health and care, display professional work ethics, and clearly communicate with others within the work environment.
Graduates may find jobs such as Optometric Technician, Ophthalmic Assistant, Dispensing Optician, and Contact Lens Technician.
Graduated High School, completed GED/HSED, completed COMPASS test, or an Associate's degree or higher from another institution other than Madison College. Completed Optometric Technician Mentor Form will be required for enrollment. Students must be employed or affiliated with an eye care office in order to have access to the required equipment needed for most courses and to have an eye care mentor to assist in laboratory activities.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
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