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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Optical Business Management

This 57 credit Optical Business Management concentration is geared for practicing opticians who have received on-the-job training or who have completed an associate degree in opticianry. Credit for completion of the following professional exams/courses will be granted toward fulfillment of aspects of the optical requirements: National Opticianry Competency Exam sponsored by the American Board of Opticianry, or (A.B.O.), the Contact Lens Registry Examination sponsored by the National Contact Lens Examiners, (N.C.L.E.), and the Principles of Refraction course (sponsored by the Opticians Association of America, or O.A.A.). Credit through credential evaluation also may be granted for the ABO Advanced Certification Exam, the NCLE Advanced Certification Exam, the ABO Master's Exam and the Fellowship Exam for Contact Lens Society of America. Certain state licensing exams for opticians and professional courses also may be recognized for credit through portfolio assessment.

Note: The Individualized Studies concentration may be a better alternative for practicing opticians who do not have an associate degree.

Concentration Requirements:

Ophthalmic Dispensing  9cr
Ophthalmic Materials  9cr
Contact Lenses  6cr
Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye  3cr
Accounting (Managerial and Financial)  6cr
Principles of Management  3cr
Organizational Behavior  3cr
Marketing  3cr
Human Resources Management  3cr
Business Law  3cr
One of the following three: Small Business Management, Optical Business Management,                                          
Entrepreneurial Enterprises
 3cr
Business Elective or Related Area  3cr
Capstone  3cr

 

Co-requisites:

Information Systems (no older than 5 years)

Statistics

Economics

General Psychology

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Optical Business Management will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to competently fulfill the professional responsibilities of a certified or licensed optician or optometric technician;
  2. demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with patients and other eye care professionals;
  3. demonstrate the ability to effectively work in concert with other eye care professionals;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the major elements that comprise successful optical business management;
  5. demonstrate the skills and tools necessary to design, implement and evaluate a formal management plan and the ability to effectively lead and work in teams with subordinates;
  6. understand and apply organizational processes;
  7. apply practical skills essential for success in their chosen profession, including interpersonal communications, critical thinking, and problem solving; and
  8. identify and implement strategies for planning, decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution within an ethical framework.