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Reynolds Community College Catalog 2022-2023 
Reynolds Community College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Opticianry AAS

PURPOSE: The Opticianry program is designed to prepare individuals in the art and science of all phases of the making and fitting of eyeglasses and contact lenses: surfacing, finishing, eyeglass dispensing, contact lens fitting, and dispensing.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Graduation from the program may lead to one of the following occupational goals: Optician, Private Practitioner, Ophthalmic Dispenser, Optical Laboratory Manager, Contact Lens Technician, Branch Manager, Optical Laboratory Technician, Ophthalmic Sales Representative, and Ophthalmic Research Technician.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students admitted into this program will be approved for entry into major/clinical courses (Optical Theory I or higher) when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  • Applicants must meet with the program head to review their records and to discuss the requirements of the program and a career in Opticianry.
  • It is also recommended, but not required, that students have completed one unit each of high school algebra, biology, and physics.

Students acquire direct patient-related practical skills by taking eyeglass and contact lens clinical coursework at clinical sites assisting customers. All students must complete an Assumption of Risk agreement prior to taking any clinical courses. Courses in the program may be offered on campus or online. Students in the online program must attend mandatory clinical classes offered at an approved facility. Exams and major assessments must be taken in an approved proctored environment as determined by the program faculty.

Graduation from this program prepares one for the licensing examination and contact lens fitting endorsement given by the Virginia State Board of Opticians. This accredited program is also approved by other state licensing boards.


Students who complete the Opticianry AAS degree will be expected to

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and technical optical knowledge at a level of a licensed optician in the state of Virginia and other states requiring accreditation with similar requirements.
  2. Demonstrate clinical optical skills at a level of a licensed optician in the state of Virginia and other states requiring accreditation with similar requirements.
  3. Demonstrate clinical competency in basic contact lens fitting.
  4. Demonstrate entry-level business skills for the opticianry profession.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the following expenses may be required for the Opticianry program:

  • Approximate textbook costs for program | $700-800
  • Eye examination (by the 4th semester) | $35-85
  • Personal pair of safety glasses | $15-50 (Non-Rx safety eye wear is available for on-campus labs.)
  • White laboratory coat | $20-45
  • Name badge | $8-10
  • USB headset (for all online lecture courses) | $25-75
  • Mailing costs (for distance clinical courses only) | $ varies by location*
  • Testing center fees (for distance clinical courses only) | $varies by location
  • Optical tools or equipment (for distance clinical courses only) | $ varies by location**

* Online students are required to take proctored exams and complete projects to be sent back to the college throughout the curriculum. Students must have an approved proctor, and, if there is a fee, students are required to pay for the services they decide to use.

**Online students in a clinical setting must have access to specific optical tools and equipment in order to successfully complete coursework. Dependent upon the clinical site, students using off-campus locations may need to purchase tools or equipment if they do not have access to them at their approved location.

NOTE: The above costs are approximate, clinical site dependent, and subject to change.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 152  or CSC 155 . Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 152  or CSC 155 . Those students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once. This requirement must be satisfied by the end of the second semester to continue in the program.


  1. Students who receive a final grade lower than “71” in any of the Opticianry courses must repeat the course and gain permission from the program head to continue in the program.
  2. Reynolds relies on affiliation agreements with community agencies to provide clinical education opportunities for their students. The rapid changes in health care law, standards of practice, technology, content of credentialing examinations, and availability of qualified faculty increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.  

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE DATA FOR OPTICIANRY GRADUATES: The following table presents the pass rates on the first attempt for certification/licensure exams and employment rates for Reynolds opticianry graduates for 2018-2021

  2018 2019 2020 2021
American Board of Opticianry(ABO) 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Contact Lens Examiners(NCLE) 100% 100% 100% 100%
Virginia State Board for Opticians 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employment 100% 100% 93% 100%

ACCREDITATION: The Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, PO Box 592, Canton, NY13617; director@coaccreditation.com; 703-468-0566 voice.


Courses should be taken in the order listed.

Total: 67 Credit Hours

1 SDV 100  may be substituted for SDV 101 .

2 Choose one elective