Opticianry Program, AS
The Opticianry Program is made possible via an inter-institutional agreement between Edison State College and Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Tampa, Florida. Edison State College offers the general education portion of the degree and assists in the teaching of the vision care courses. The degree 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.
An essential part of the eyecare delivery system, opticians measure, fit, and adapt eyeglasses and contact lenses to people with vision problems. Coursework covers basic ocular science including: optics, anatomy, contact lenses, and refractometry. It also allows the student to gain specific skills in professional management, eyewear fabrication, and dispensing. Clinical experience is gained at affiliate sites. Graduates of the program are eligible to take state and national certication and/or licensure exams for opticians.
The Opticianry Program is accreditated by the Commission on Opticianry Accrediatation.
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