Obtained through Penn Foster College, students are able to earn a Career Diploma for Optician Exam Prep courses. 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. 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 Exam Prep 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 Exam Prep diploma program may request information by filling out the form to the right.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia