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Optician Technology (Limited Access Program), A.S. Degree

Program Information

A.S. Degree - Code 223600 - 2020/2021

George Stanley, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3225, George.Stanley@daytonastate.edu

Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor, 386-506-3052, Melissa.Brown@daytonastate.edu

Maggie Muszka, Administrative Assistant, 386-506-3080, Magdolna.Muszka@daytonastate.edu

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes

Mission:

The mission of this program is to train competent entry-level opticians that will contribute to the community’s enhancement of quality eye care.

Description:

The Optician Technology program will offer didactic and clinical training in the use of specialized equipment and procedures that will allow graduates to assist in the correction of vision deficiencies as part of a health care team.

 

Program to be accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) P.O. Box 592, Canton, New York,13617 director@COAAccreditation.com, 703-468-0566.

 

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Perform entry-level skills competently, with regard to surfacing, edging, finishing and mounting lenses.

  2. Fit and dispense lenses, frames and contact lenses as well as perform repairs on frames.

  3. Demonstrate effective knowledge of the effects ophthalmic devices have on vision correction.

  4. Apply professional behaviors within the ophthalmic healthcare setting.

Financial Aid

This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Financing Options: All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state student financial assistance by completing their FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov. For more information on grants, loads and work programs available see the Office of Financial Aid webpage at http://www.daytonastate.edu/finaid. Students are also encouraged to apply for one of the may Daytona State College Foundation scholarships offered each semester. For more information see: http://daytonastate.edu/scholarships.

Approximate Additional Costs

Tuition and Fees*: $7,371.36

Access Fee: $80.64 ($1.12 per credit)

Assessment Fee: $34

Lab Fees: $212

Textbook Estimate: $600

Licensure Fees: $300

FDLE/FBI Background Screening: $90

*In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

Additional Admission Requirements

  •  This is a limited access program.

  • Students must have a standard high school diploma (or GED) and be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

  • Attendance at a program information session is required. Dates will be announced.

  • Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing. Those applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may be exempt from placement testing. All other applicants are required to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) and be at the 10th grade level for reading, language and arithmetic.

  • Admissions into the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A second screening will be required in the third semester of the program.

  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification for health care providers to include adults, infants, children, and AED affiliated with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

Additional Completion Requirements

  • This is a limited access program. Continuing enrollment approval will be required to enroll in the program specific courses based on a selection process after completing the General Education classes required.

  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better is suggested before submitting a request for continuing enrollment: ENC1101 (Introduction to Composition), MAC1105 (College Algebra) or MGF2106 (Survey in Mathematics) and HSC1000 (Introduction to Health Care).

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better to apply for continuing enrollment.

  • Submit the completed application for continuing enrollment to the School of Health Careers.

  • Students will be held accountable for the policies and procedures of the Optician Technology program as outlined in the OT student handbook, as well as the College Student Handbook.

 

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General Education Courses

General Education Core - 18 Credits

General Education courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.

Communication Core (6 credits)

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

SPC2608Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills

3

Mathematics Core (3 credits)

MAC1105College Algebra

3

OR

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

Students seeking to transfer to a Bachelor's program are recommended to complete MAC1105 to satisfy their Mathematics core requirement.

Natural Sciences Core (3 credits)

BSC1020Human Biology

3

Humanities Core (3 credits)

Choose One Course

ARH1000Art Appreciation

3

HUM2020Introduction to Humanities

3

LIT2000Literature and Culture

3

PHI2010Introduction of Philosophy

3

MUL1010Music Appreciation

3

THE1000Theatre Appreciation

3

Social Sciences Core (3 credits)

PSY1012General Psychology

3

Note: Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory/developmental course work. See an Academic Advisor to determine developmental course requirements.

Program Specific Courses

Program specific courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.

OPT1110Geometric and Optical Theory I

3

OPT1115Geometric and Optical Theory II

3

OPT1150Introduction to Ophthalmic Procedure

3

OPT1150LOphthalmic Laboratory I

3

OPT1155LOphthalmic Laboratory II

3

OPT1460Ophthalmic Dispensing I

3

OPT1460LOphthalmic Dispensing Laboratory I

1

OPT2030Certification Review

3

OPT2060Ophthalmic Management and Leadership

3

OPT2200Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

3

OPT2375Refractometry

3

OPT2375LRefractometry Laboratory I

2

OPT2376LRefractometry Laboratory II

2

OPT2461Ophthalmic Dispensing II

3

OPT2461LOphthalmic Dispensing Laboratory II

1

OPT2500CContact Lens Theory and Laboratory I

4

OPT2505CContact Lens Theory and Laboratory II

4

OPT2800Vision Care Clinic I

2

OPT2801Vision Care Clinic II

2

Additional Required Course

HSC1000Introduction to Health Care

3

Sample Program of Study

Year 1

1st Semester - Spring

HSC1000Introduction to Health Care

3

OPT1110Geometric and Optical Theory I

3

OPT1460Ophthalmic Dispensing I

3

OPT1460LOphthalmic Dispensing Laboratory I

1

OPT2200Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

3

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

2nd Semester - Summer

OPT1150Introduction to Ophthalmic Procedure

3

OPT1115Geometric and Optical Theory II

3

OPT2461Ophthalmic Dispensing II

3

OPT2461LOphthalmic Dispensing Laboratory II

1

3rd Semester - Fall

OPT1150LOphthalmic Laboratory I

3

OPT2060Ophthalmic Management and Leadership

3

OPT2375Refractometry

3

OPT2375LRefractometry Laboratory I

2

 

MAC1105College Algebra

3

OR

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

Students seeking to transfer to a Bachelor's program are recommended to complete MAC1105 to satisfy their Mathematics core requirement.

Year 2

1st Semester - Spring

OPT1155LOphthalmic Laboratory II

3

OPT2376LRefractometry Laboratory II

2

OPT2500CContact Lens Theory and Laboratory I

4

SPC2608Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills

3

Humanities Core

3

2nd Semester - Summer

OPT2505CContact Lens Theory and Laboratory II

4

OPT2800Vision Care Clinic I

2

3rd Semester - Fall

OPT2801Vision Care Clinic II

2

OPT2030Certification Review

3

BSC1020Human Biology

3

PSY1012General Psychology

3

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.

Total Credit Hours: 72