Semester Catalog

Opticianry17

View the Semester College Catalog HERE (PDF 164.3KB)

The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, in keeping with its mission to educate
students in technology that will allow them to build careers that are fulfilling both
financially and professionally, is very excited to offer a two-year Associate in Science
Degree (A.S.) in Opticianry.

The Opticianry program is fully supported by the Opticians Association of
Massachusetts. It is nationally recognized and the only program of its kind in
Massachusetts, and one of only a few in all of New England.

The Opticianry program serves as the educational gateway for students of all ages,
including adult learners and apprentice opticians. With a vibrant optical industry
and continued need for qualified eye care professionals, there exists a tremendous
opportunity for technically skilled and highly knowledgeable opticians.

The optical industry is experiencing tremendous growth, as well as expanded regulations
and increasing requirements for becoming a licensed optician in Massachusetts.
The curriculum is designed to prepare the graduate to meet both the requirements for
licensing in all states, including national and local certification exams and 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.
The optical profession itself offers great diversity and versatility. Graduates will be
able to work in many different environments ranging from HMO/medical offices to
retail/ high fashion optical boutiques, corporate and chain optical conglomerates to
independent ownership. Graduates will be well versed in all aspects of optics as it
relates to opticianry. 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. Many
graduates of the opticianry program seek advanced degrees and/or certification related
to business, management, ophthalmic technology and health care management

Curriculum

The two-year curriculum is comprehensive in design and has been modeled after
opticianry accredited programs from across the country. As a member of the National
Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), the comprehensive curriculum is reviewed
each year at the annual meeting.

Facilities

The college facilities include three dedicated classrooms for the opticianry program;
a spectacle finishing lab, a contact lens fitting and dispensing clinic, and a prototype
optical shop. The optical shop is open regular hours during the academic year and is
operated by the opticianry students under the direct supervision of a licensed optician
in order to serve the eyecare needs of the college community.
The finishing lab provides students with the opportunity to learn prescription spectacle
fabrication, both as individual work projects and assignments, as well as the capability
for conversion to a simulated high capacity wholesale optical laboratory..
The contact lens clinic serves as a model “working environment classroom”.
The contact lens lab provides the student an opportunity to work with contact lens
related devices and instrumentation. In addition, the dispensing and fitting aspects
of the laboratory will allow opportunities for contact lens related instruction and
actual patient care.

View the semester catalog for Ophthalmic Assisting here (PDF 39.1KB)

The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, in keeping with its mission to educate
students in technology that will allow them to build careers that are fulfilling both
financially and professionally, is very excited to offer a one-year certificate program in
Ophthalmic Assisting.

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.

The Ophthalmic Assisting program serves as the educational gateway for students of all
ages, including adult learners and medical assistants. With a vibrant eye health medical
profession, and continued need for qualified and skilled eye care professionals, there
exists a tremendous opportunity for technically skilled and highly knowledgeable
ophthalmic assistants.

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.
Many of today’s senior-level technicians have advanced to higher levels of the
profession and have attained even higher salaries. 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. This program follows all
federal regulations regarding gainful employment.

Curriculum

The one-year curriculum is comprehensive in design and has been modeled after
Ophthalmic assisting accredited programs from across the country.

Facilities

The college facilities include a “state-of-the-art” refracting lane, as well as an instrumentation
laboratory.
Hands-on laboratory and clinical observations will be conducted at nearby Boston area
Ophthalmology practices, allowing students the opportunity to learn their skills and
technical knowledge, using the most advanced diagnostic instrumentation available to
eye health professionals.