The Visual Assessment advanced technical certificate is made possible via an inter-institutional agreement between Edison State College and Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Tampa, Florida. This advanced program is designed for those students who already have an AS Degree in Opticianry. Edison State College offers the general education portion of the degree and assists in the teaching of the vision care courses. The certificate is granted by Hillsborough Community College. The program is delivered via distance learning technology employing the internet, compressed video and delayed video. Compressed video is a two-way audio/video interaction with one or more remote sites located in classrooms geographically distant from the Edison State College campus. Delayed video utilizes a live class taught at HCC and replayed for students at the ESC site. The laboratory courses are held in the new Vision Care Laboratory in the Kenneth P. Walker Health Sciences Building.
This 11-credit program provides training in Safety and Sports Vision, Low Vision and Refraction for individuals who have already earned an AS Degree in Opticianry.