The Learning Curve Opticianry Training Program

The Learning Curve Opticianry Training Program

Credits Available

  • OPT111 Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics (3 credits, lower division level)
  • OPT123 Assessment of the Ocular System (3 credits, lower division level)
  • MGMT 150 Introduction to the Optical Business (3 credits, lower division level)
  • MGMT 250 Organizational Behavior for the Ophthalmic Professional (3 credits, intermediate division level)

Dates Valid

November 1998 through 2004

Source of Records

Opticians Association of America; 10341 Democracy Lane; Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2521

About the Program

The Learning Curve, in conjunction with the Opticians Association of America, developed an opticianry program for working ophthalmic professionals. The program consists of four opticianry courses that are taken as self-study courses with a short residency requirement. Prerequisites for the program include three years or 6000 hours of ophthalmic employment, and a current state license or certification from one of the following certification bodies: ABO (American Board of Opticianry), or NCLE (National Contact Lens Examiners) or JCAHPO (Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology).

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

OPT111 Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics (3 credits, lower division level)
To introduce students to ophthalmic optics as it relates to the practice of opticianry. Topics include evolution of theories, sign conventions, metric system, fundamentals of lens power, prism and plane mirrors.

OPT123 Assessment of the Ocular System (3 credits, lower division level)
To develop insight into the anatomical structure of the eye and its adnexa and the function of its parts as they relate to vision and fitting contact lenses. Common pathologies and vision screening techniques will be presented.

MGMT 150 Introduction to the Optical Business (3 credits, lower division level)
To introduce concepts and theories of sales and business management as it relates to the ophthalmic profession.

MGMT 250 Organizational Behavior for the Ophthalmic Professional (3 credits, intermediate division level)
To introduce concepts and theories of organizational behavior as it relates to the ophthalmic profession.