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Optometric Technology
This program gives you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to work in optical sciences. Through access to state-of-the-art lab equipment, optical clinics and dispensaries you will be provided with substantial real-world experience. During your time in the program, you will be eligible to take the national certification exams offered through the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).
Median Optometric Technology Salary in Indiana
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Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2020).

The Optometric Technology program prepares students for careers as Opticians, having the opportunity to get hands-on training by participating in clinical practicums at optometry facilities throughout South Central Indiana. Opticians work closely with optometrists as part of the eye care team; measuring visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, field of vision, and pressures within the eye. In addition Opticians fill vision prescriptions, produce and shape eyeglass lenses and assist in contact lens procedures.

When students complete 33 credit hours of the 60 required for the associate degree, they will be eligible to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination, the Contact Lens Registry Examination, and the Certified Paraoptometric Technician Examination.

The number of students who can be enrolled each semester is currently limited to 23.

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Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

PROGRAM CURRICULA: Review the courses you will take in this program.

Technical Certificates

Optometric Technology Technical Certificate
(33 credit hours = 2 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Completion Guide

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Applied Science - Optometric Technology

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The Optometric Technology program is offered at the above Ivy Tech campuses: