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Vision Care Technology

Program Description

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The vision care technology program prepares students to support physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and to assist them with refractive lens and other surgeries. Program participants will have access to the latest in vision care technology and equipment as well as the newest fashion designer eyewear in order to make appropriate recommendations to patients. Graduates of this program may enter a field where there is an increasing demand for successful professionals, for over half of the U.S. population requires some sort of eye care! The aging population needs have stimulated technical advancements in ophthalmic lens materials, new contact lens design and increased medical/surgical treatment procedures. This factor provides a special opportunity for those individuals who enjoy the challenge of keeping abreast of change.

Students may earn a vision care specialist certificate by taking the three-quarter professional vision care curriculum Graduates are prepared to sit for the nationally recognized Optometric Certification (A.O.A.) and/or Optician Certification (A.B.O.) exam. Those students wishing to pursue a Vision Care Technology A.A.S. degree may take the additional three quarters of liberal arts curriculum. Both programs are accredited by the Council on Optometric Education Association.


Program Goals

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  1. utilize business management skills as thy relate to the vision care field;
  2. compare different roles of the assistant in optometry, ophthalmology, and opticianry;
  3. perform a variety of eye-testing skills to assist the practitioner in providing full range and high quality of vision care;
  4. problem solve for each patient in clinical practice while performing clinical practice preliminary testing, contact lens evaluation and eyeglass dispensing;
  5. analyze the professional and ethical practice of eye care;
  6. develop a personal commitment to professional growth and development of life long learning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program may work in general optometry offices, medical eye clinics of optical dispensaries, medical and optical equipment manufacturers, and supply companies, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories and universities, They may be hired to work in specific specialty areas that include contact lens clinics, low vision of pediatric orthoptic/visual therapy areas. In these practices, the technician conducts unique testing procedures and implements special patient instruction. With a year or more experience, technicians can usually qualify for openings anywhere in the nation, making job mobility an asset.

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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 (AdmissionsInfo@scc.spokane.edu) 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:
Email:GConrad@scc.spokane.edu
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.
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