Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the only college in Massachusetts to offer degree programs in Opticianry. Graduates qualify for positions involving eye wear and contact lens design and dispensing, optical laboratory finishing and management, optical business management or independent ownership. There is tremendous demand for opticians across the nation. Graduates work in  medical offices, optical boutiques, optical chains, and independent shops. Many graduates seek advanced degrees and/or certification related to business, management, ophthalmic technology, and healthcare management.

What will you learn?

  • How to design, fit and dispense glasses and contacts

  • How to operate all forms of ophthalmic instrumentation

  • How to inspect eyewear for precision, proper fit and aesthetics

  • How to evaluate and troubleshoot optical patients' concerns

  • How to prepare for local, state and national licensing


What is an optician?

Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction.

Opticianry Career Guide

How to become a licensed optician in Massachusetts

Steps to Success

1. Graduate from high school.

2. Earn your 2-year Associate Degree in Opticianry (advanced-level students could earn a degree in 9 months.)

3. If you plan to work in Massachusetts or another state that requires licensure, take the required tests to earn your license:

  • The American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam
  • The National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE)
  • The Massachusetts practical exam

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