Vocational Training Programs

Des Moines Area Community College - Assistant Program Code 108
2006 S Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023
Program Director: Dr. Marcia J. Holstad [email]
Phone: 515-964-6200
Website: www.dmacc.edu

 

Madison Area Technical College - Assistant Program Code 102/Technician 202
1701 Wright St
Madison, WI 53704
Program Director: Ann Hayden-Finger [email]
Phone: 608-246-6472
Website: http://www.madisoncollege.edu/

Program Description: The Optometric Technician Program at Madison Area Technical College is a technical diploma course that has been providing quality training for over 30 years. There are two ways to achieve your technical diploma.

Online Program: Persons already employed in eye care may enroll in the program delivered via the Internet. The online program is only offered via a part-time schedule (course work is taken over 4 semesters) and new students are admitted each August and January.

Classroom Program: The classroom program can be completed in nine months of full-time study. New students are admitted into the classroom-based program every August.
For additional information regarding program options go to the school’s website provided above. In “Programs of Study” you will find the Optometric Technician program. Open the “Optometric Technician information page” for program details.

Miami Valley Career Technology Center - Technician Program Code 212
Optometric Technician Program
Adult Education
6800 Hoke Rd.
Clayton, OH 45315
Program Director: Mike Woodward, COMT, CRA [email]
Phone: 513.594.0963
Website: http://www.mvctc.com

Program Description: The Optometric Technician Program is the only one of its kind in the state of Ohio. A trained Optometric Technician is a key member of the eye care team and provides quality vision care to patients in eye care facilities. Job responsbilities include obtaining vision measurements for glasses, administering eye exercise, taking medical histories from patients, conducting diagnostic tests and providing contact-lens instruction. Additional duties may include office management procedures such as managing telephones, appointments, and patient records. The program requires clinical dayshift hours beginning in second and third quarter. In addition, 320 dayshift hours of on-the-job clinical experiences are required in fourth quarter.
Hours:  1018
Weeks: 47
Prerequisites:  see web page http://ae.mvctc.com/programs/optometric-technician/

McFatter Technical Center - Assistant Program Code 110
6500 Nova Drive
Davie, FL 33317
Program Director: Rick Martinez
Phone: 754-321-5700
Website: www.mcfattertech.com
Email: Richard.martinez@browardschools.com
Indiana University School of Optometry - Assistant Program Code 111/ Technician 208
Optician Technician Program
800 E Atwater
Bloomington, IN 47405
Program Director: Sandra Pickel, CPOT, ABOC
Phone: 812-855-1917
Website: www.opt.indiana.edu/StuAdmin/OptTechProgram.aspx
Email: pickels@indiana.edu

Program Description: Indiana University is located in the beautiful rolling, wooded hills of southern Indiana. The campus is consistently listed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The IU School of Optometry offers a two-year program providing education for students to earn an Associate of Science degree (A.S.) in Optometric Technology/Opticianry. The course work and clinic practicum experience prepares a student with the education to complete the work of eye doctors. A variety of clinical experiences are offered by working alongside doctor of optometry students at the Bloomington clinics: Atwater Eye Care Center, the Community Eye Care Center, and the Contact Lens Clinic. Indiana University also has clinics in Indianapolis and Guanajuato, Mexico.

Students learn how to work alongside optometrists performing certain eye tests, helping people select eyewear and assisting in contact lens care. With a complete on-site optical laboratory, students also have a unique opportunity to learn how to fabricate and fill spectacle lens prescriptions.

Because it is positioned within the IU School of Optometry, the program offers many unique and valuable benefits to students pursuing a career in the paraoptometric field.

Traviss Technical Center - Assistant Program Code 116
Optometric Assisting Program
3225 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803
Program Director: Mary Summers
Phone: 836-499-2700
Website: www.travisstech.org/technicalprograms.htm
Email: mary.summers@polk-fl.net
Department of the Air Force Ophthalmic Apprentice Course - Technician Code 302

MIF 5/Sebban Hall Bldg 1393
3098 William Hardee Rd
JB Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-2649

Program Director: Benjamin Franklin, OD
Phone: 210-808-3790
Email: benjamin.j.franklin.mil@mail.mil
US Army Medical Center & School - Eye Specialty Course - Technician Program Code 300

Eye Specialty Course
MIF 5/Sebban Hall Bldg 1393
3098 William Hardee Rd
JB Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-2649

Program Director: Gregory A. Hutcheson, OD
Phone: 210-295-4425
E-mail: gregory.hutcheson2.mil@mail.com

Manatee Technical Institute - Assistant Program Code 122

5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd
Bradenton FL 34211

Program Director: Loren Hutchison
EmailhutchisonL@manateeschools.net
Phone: (941) 751-8479 ext. 2044
Fax: (941) 209-6212
Website: www.manateetech.edu/career-prep/optometric-assisting/

Kaiser Permanente NW - Certified Optometric Assistant Training Program Code 125

Kaiser Permanente - Cascade Park Medical Office
12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98686-6055

Program Director: Jeffrey Schrock, OD
EmailJeffrey.d.schrock@kp.org
Phone: 503-939-0437