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Vision Care Technology

SCC will not enroll Vision Care students in 2011-2012.


A career in vision care technology incorporates technology advances and computerized eye testing in a variety of job opportunities within the health care field. Vision care technologists assist specialists of optometry, ophthalmology, and opticianry to provide a full scope of vision care. Duties include pre-testing patients' vision, manufacturing and dispensing contact lenses and glasses, and assisting doctors with instillation of medication and minor surgery.

Visionary Solutions

External eye exam (photo)(spacer)Vision Care Technology at SCC was the first and is still the only vision program in eastern Washington State. It is the only program in the western United States where all sectors of the optometry industry come to recruit new staff because of its national reputation for developing top professionals.

The vision industry within the Inland Northwest grew dramatically in the last 20 years because of the pool of professionals trained in the SCC Vision Care Technology program. Now, new testing methods, faster eyeglass manufacturing, higher requirements for quality, larger product lines, and more regulations mean increased technology and better training is needed to "see" more patients get better eye care.

Eye education (photo)(spacer)

This means more opportunity
for those now trained at SCC.

A Vision to the Future: National Statistics

Demands for eyewear rose to the highest level ever in industry history in 1998:

  • 158 million people use eyewear in the U.S.; this number increases by 1 million each year.
  • 25% of all adults have a chronic eye condition needing medical attention.
  • 25% of the U.S. population under 12 require some visual correction.
  • 98% of the elderly (65 or older) need visual assistance.
  • 35 million people (age 50-64) need cataract surgery.
  • 45 million baby boomers need reading prescriptions.
  • Parents annually spend $50 billion on child eye care.

It adds up to new career
growth and advancement.

Vision care (photo)

Results You Can Expect:

Fast-paced environment: Support primary physicians as they diagnose and dispense what their patients need, fill eyeglass prescriptions or recommend new, fashion designer eyewear, help treat eye diseases or be an attendant to refractive lens or other surgery.

High Tech/High Touch: Be appreciated for your skills and knowledge by the people you meet and help, and still use the latest in medical technology.

High Success: "Too old to start something new." "Didn't do well in school before." "Can't afford to do it". "I'm a little afraid." We have a place for you. You can start now.

Cheryl A. Henry (photo)(spacer)

"I was looking for a new direction and happened upon vision care. It's a wonderful career! As a site coordinator, I'm in charge of managing the office. And as an optometric technician, I perform pre-op evaluations as well as assist in surgery."

     Cheryl A. Henry,
     site coordinator and optometric technician

Within 3 quarters, you will be
an intern in an office or clinic.

Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website:

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.


Consult the official program outline
for prerequisites and more information
about this program.
link to outline
For more information....Additional Information
If you have general questions regarding the Vision Care Technology program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email ( or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
If you have more specific questions regarding this program, please contact Georgeanna Conrad, Health Science Counselor. Her contact information is as follows:
Phone:(509) 533-8622 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 8622
You can also submit an online information request or get our address to write for more information.
You may be eligible for free tuition! Follow this link to learn more.

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