Program Overview

Obtained through Penn Foster Career School, students are able to earn a Diploma for Optician courses. The students complete a skills assessment in reading and math, determining how ready a student is to begin this program. In Introduction to Opticianry, students learn about the history of opticianry and the responsibility of eye care professionals. Students are taught the standards and regulations pertaining to Opticians. Providing a way for students to increase their communications skills, the students complete an Interpersonal Communication course where they can improve listening skills, words, and facial expressions. Students are expected to learn mathematical calculations often used in opticianry. Students review ratios and proportions, variables and equations, and systems of measurement. Students are allowed to use a scientific calculator to perform trigonometric calculations.

The students work in Excel and Word, using applications in word processing spreadsheets. Students learn about the properties of light, lens power, prescriptions, and terminology used in the opticianry field. Students are taught the different parts and functions of the eye, as well as common diseases affecting the eye. In Ophthalmic Dispensing, students practice interpreting written prescriptions, determining correct frame sizes, adjusting frames, and taking facial measurements. Students are taught the theory of light, lens power, also safety and edging.  Serving as an introduction to contact lenses, students learn optical principles, contact lens manufacturing, inspection and modification, as well as the history of contact lenses.

The final course students take in the Optician program prepares students for a career as an optical dispenser. The focus of this course centers on creating a professional appearance, interviewing techniques, and customer service.

Students interested in applying for the Optician diploma program may fill out an online application found on the Penn Foster website.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


    Students will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later and high-speed Internet in order to complete the Optician program with Penn Foster.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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