Eye Health Technology
Associate of Science (AS) in Opticianry
The Associate of Science in Opticianry is designed to prepare the graduate to meet the requirements for MA Licensing, national and local certification exams, practical tests, as well as for entry into the profession of opticianry itself. Upon graduation, the student will be well versed and knowledgeable in all facets of opticianry, including spectacle design, fitting and dispensing, contact lens design and fitting, prescription and non-prescription fabrication and manufacturing, and special application optics.
Graduates will be qualified for positions involving spectacle design and dispensing, contact lens design and dispensing, optical laboratory finishing and management, optical business management or independent ownership. Salary levels may range between $30,000 to $40,000 for entry-level staff licensed opticians, and higher for manager optician positions and ownership.
Many graduates of the opticianry program seek advanced degrees and/or certification related to business, management, ophthalmic technology and health care management.
Certificate in Ophthalmic Assisting (1 Year)
The Ophthalmic Assisting program is supported by members of the Massachusetts Board of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. It is a unique program in that it offers a full one-year certificate curriculum and combines didactic academic studies with clinical experience within many of the most prestigious eye health medical centers in the Boston area.
Medical Assisting is projected to be one of the fastest-growing fields, especially for those with formal training or experience, along with certification. One branch of medical assisting, Ophthalmic Assisting, is an exciting field with numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Graduates of the program will be able to provide and care for patients, while assisting ophthalmologists and optometrists in providing quality medical eye care. Students entering this field will learn valuable skills such as taking a patient’s medical history, doing diagnostic tests on patients, assisting during in-office procedures, and maintaining examination, diagnostic and surgical instruments and devices.
BFIT’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into the field of ophthalmic assisting with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in many different environments, ranging from private practices and multi-specialty clinics to academic practices that include research.
Personal qualifications for working as an Ophthalmic Assistant include enjoying helping people, having a desire for a career that supports professional growth and development, having an interest in working with technology, equipment, and computers, having a fascination for the medical world and having a desire to work in a professional setting that offers something different and exciting every day.
Graduates will have a foundation of knowledge and hands-on clinical skills that will prepare them for the certifying exams once they have completed the qualifying home study test and a minimum of six months full-time work under a licensed ophthalmologist. Starting salary levels range from $28,000- $40,000.
Employment opportunities include positions in private practice, multi-specialty clinics and academic practices, including research work. Many graduates find careers as Ophthalmic Technicians or seek advanced degrees in healthcare management or in business.