Associate of Science (AS) in Opticianry
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.
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.
In the associate degree program, students learn how to design, fit and dispense glasses and contact lenses, and operate all forms of ophthalmic instrumentation, inspect eyewear for precision, proper fit and aesthetics, and evaluate optical patients. Courses also prepare students for local, state, and national licensing exams. Pass rates for the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners are above 80% for our graduates and 99% of them are placed into jobs after completing the program.
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