Ophthalmic Dispensing

The Division of Health Sciences and Technologies

About the Program

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from the Ophthalmic Dispensing program at TCI College can provide you with knowledge and hands-on skills you need to become an optician, an eye care professional who fills prescriptions for corrective eyewear, in accordance with an ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s determination.

Combining an in-depth study of optics and medical anatomy with dispensing knowledge and finishing skills so you can provide patients with suitable, well-fitted eyeglasses or contact lenses, this two-year program prepares you for national certifying examinations given by the American Board of Optician and The National Contact Lens Examiners. At TCI, you’ll also benefit from:

  • Hands-on experience with on-campus laboratories and dispensaries resembling those in the optical industry and patient contact and dispensing experience via an on-site clinical internship.
  • Training on state-of-the-industry instrumentation and machinery, gaining competence in all aspects of being an optician, from fabrication to the dispensing of the finished product.
  • Eligibility for entrance to the New York State Professional Licensing Examination for Ophthalmic Dispensing once you successfully complete the program.
  • Flexible scheduling that enables you to fulfill your classroom requirements in as little as three days a week.
  • Access to financial aid that can help make earning your ophthalmic dispensing degree more affordable than you may think.

No High School Diploma? We Have an Option for You. Complete your high school education while you get your degree in our Career Pathways Program.

National Certification Examinations: How TCI Graduates Perform

Advance your Career—or Your Education
TCI College graduates who earn their associate degree in ophthalmic dispensing go on to a variety of careers in the field such as optical business owner or store manager, contact lens fitter and dispenser, and lens and frame company representative. Others go on to continue their education at four-year colleges that share TCI’s New York State Board of Regents State or Middle States Commission on Higher Education Regional Accreditations.

Marwa Algohary’s search for the best school for a career in ophthalmic dispensing led her to TCI College where she plans to graduate in summer 2016. The Brooklyn native completed high school in Egypt, then taught art classes all over the world before returning to New York to continue her education in the medical field.

What do you hope to do with your degree?
I really like working with contact lenses and plan on working in a hospital or with an ophthalmologist once I graduate. I look forward to taking advantage of TCI’s career services center where they counsel you and help with your job search.

Are there any professors who have influenced you?
I consider many of my professors to be mentors, and they have all positively influenced me in one way or another. The time and care that they put into their students is really obvious, and they’re always available when you need them.

What is the best class project that you worked on?
I really loved the project we worked on together in my ophthalmic dispensing laboratory class where we had to repair various kinds of frames. Some of my classmates are already in the field, so not only was it fun, it was a real-world experience.

What have you learned at TCI?
Besides everything I’ve learned in my classes, I also learned how to care for patients, how to work as a team, and to never take the easy path if it’s not the best path. 

About the Program

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from the Ophthalmic Dispensing program at TCI College can provide you with knowledge and hands-on skills you need to become an optician, an eye care professional who fills prescriptions for corrective eyewear, in accordance with an ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s determination.

Combining an in-depth study of optics and medical anatomy with dispensing knowledge and finishing skills so you can provide patients with suitable, well-fitted eyeglasses or contact lenses, this two-year program prepares you for national certifying examinations given by the American Board of Optician and The National Contact Lens Examiners. At TCI, you’ll also benefit from:

  • Hands-on experience with on-campus laboratories and dispensaries resembling those in the optical industry and patient contact and dispensing experience via an on-site clinical internship.
  • Training on state-of-the-industry instrumentation and machinery, gaining competence in all aspects of being an optician, from fabrication to the dispensing of the finished product.
  • Eligibility for entrance to the New York State Professional Licensing Examination for Ophthalmic Dispensing once you successfully complete the program.
  • Flexible scheduling that enables you to fulfill your classroom requirements in as little as three days a week.
  • Access to financial aid that can help make earning your ophthalmic dispensing degree more affordable than you may think.

No High School Diploma? We Have an Option for You. Complete your high school education while you get your degree in our Career Pathways Program.

National Certification Examinations: How TCI Graduates Perform

Advance your Career—or Your Education
TCI College graduates who earn their associate degree in ophthalmic dispensing go on to a variety of careers in the field such as optical business owner or store manager, contact lens fitter and dispenser, and lens and frame company representative. Others go on to continue their education at four-year colleges that share TCI’s New York State Board of Regents State or Middle States Commission on Higher Education Regional Accreditations.

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