Optician Diploma
Penn Foster College

Program Details

Obtained through Penn Foster College, 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 College website.

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School Accreditation & Licensing

The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.

Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Application Requirements

Official High School Transcript/GED Score

Restricted States

Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia