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Information Sessions

Attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the Vision Care program.

When

01/29/14, 02/24/14, 03/31/14, 04/30/14

All session are given from 2:30- 3:30 pm

Where

B.C North Campus- BLDG. 41 Rm. 164

 

Vision Care Technician/Opticianry

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Broward College’s Vision Care Program offers an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree that provides you with the training needed to assist in the ocular health of patients. This program simultaneously prepares you to work with optometrists, ophthalmologists and eye care corporations as an optician.

Classroom Experience
Our curriculum offers learners a theoretical approach to important opthalmic concepts. The program's curriculum is composed of a didactic (lecture) followed by directed clinical training at our college's on-site clinic. Students will also be exposed to off-site affiliated ophthalmic practices.
 
Due to our small class sizes, we can ensure individualized attention for all Vision Care Opticianry students. We also boast state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology for our students, in addition to having personable, conscientious faculty members.
 
 
Career Path
Employment in this occupation is expected to increase as demand grows for corrective lenses. The number of middle-aged and elderly persons is projected to increase rapidly. Middle age is a time when many individuals use corrective lenses for the first time, and elderly persons require more visual care.
 
The Optician (LDO) plays a vital role in fitting and adapting corrective lenses and other optical devices to aid vision. They fit eyeglasses and contact lenses for patients, perform diagnostic testing and are able to operate as independent practitioners.
  
 
 
Our graduates have an excellent pass rate on the ABO, NCLE and State Board examinations, and 100 percent of our graduates have found work in the field or have chosen to pursue a higher degree.
 
 
Program Outcomes 
 
The following tables indicate how many Broward College Vision Care Technician/Opticianry students found jobs and passed board exams since 2013
 
Graduation Year- #Students                                         
 Graduating Percent
2011     Students 15
83%
2012     Students  22
84%
2013     Students  13
86%

American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Pass Rates
Class
# Sitting for Exam
# Passing
# Percent Passing
2011
15
15
100%
2012
22
22
100%
2013
13
12
92%

National Contact Lens Registry Examination (NCLE) Pass Rates
Class
# Sitting for Exam
# Passing
# Percent Passing
2011
15
15
100%
2012
22
21
95%
2013
12
11
91%

Florida Board of Opticianry Licensure Examination
(ABO and NCLE certifications are required)
Class
# of Graduates
# Sitting for Exam
# Passing
# Percent Passing
2011
15
11
11
100%
2012 new online assessment
22
11
10
90%
2013 new online assessment
13
1
1
100%
 Students Employed in the of Vision Care Field
 
2011 - 100%
 
2012- 100%
 
2013- 100%
 
 
 
 
Is This Program Right for Me?
If you are considering enrollment in the Vision Care Program, you should be able to:
 
  • Perform basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  • Handle public pressure and complaints gracefully
  • Produce effective oral and written communication
  • Pay attention to detail and take care of equipment

Once you complete the program, you will be expected to:
 
  • Neutralize eyewear
  • Explain theory of refraction
  • Maintain consumer/patient records 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in finishing techniques 
  • Identify the human eye structure, function, and pathology
  • Determine physiognomic (facial and eye) measurements
  • Assess vocational and a-vocational needs of the consumer/patient
  • Assist the consumer/patient in selection of proper frames and lenses
  • Price and collect fees from consumers/patients for vision aids and services
  • Discuss prescription eyewear/vision aids and other consumer/patient related
Accreditation
Broward College is accredited to award associate’s degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).
 
The Vision Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA).
Faculty
The faculty at Broward College’s Vision Care Technician/Opticianry program have years of experience in the opticianry sector, bringing their real-world perspective into the classroom with you. The combination of their experience in the field and their dedication to you in the classroom results in a program that gives you a competitive advantage upon graduation.
 
Vision Care Administration/Faculty

Lloyd Holness
Associate Dean- Professor
(954) 201-2017
Fax: 954 201-2348
lholness@broward.edu
 
Nina Mckie
Program Manager- Professor
(954) 201-2080
Fax: (954) 201-2348
mmckie@broward.edu
 
Brett Weintraub
Adjunct Professor
bweintra@broward.edu
 
Doug Sherman
Adjunct Professor
dsherman@broward.edu
 
Marc Schwartzberg
Adjunct Professor
mschwart@broward.edu
 
 
Courses
 
Within 18 months after enrolling, you can earn an Associate of Science degree in Vision Care, which is a total of 72 credits. Whether you choose to follow the Optician track or the Ophthalmic Technician track, you will need to commit yourself full-time to the program. 
 
The technical courses are offered at the BC North Campus in Coconut Creek. Clinic courses are offered at various sites throughout Broward County, along with the Vision Care Clinic on North Campus. General academic courses may be taken at any BC campus.
 
Mission Statement & Program Goals
Mission Statement
 
Broward College's Vision Care Technology Program recognizes the worth and potential of each student. We are committed to providing opportunities for basic and advanced instruction in an environment conducive to learning. The program encourages technical curiosity, innovation and creativity by integrating applied academic skills in all occupational areas. We strive to install the attitudes and skills necessary to produce motivated, self-sufficient individuals who are able to function effectively in our ever- changing, complex society. Additionally our mission is to exercise professionalism in class, clinic and all other activities relating to the program and work towards the ultimate goal of employment and further educational growth of all our graduates.

Program Goals

1. Student goals
a. To accomplish the educational objectives of each course and to fulfill the criteria used to evaluate student success.
b. To develop the professional attitudes and discipline necessary for success in the ophthalmic health care professions.
c. Graduates will successfully complete the following registration, certification, and licensure examinations:
  • American Board of Opticianry Examination (ABO)
  • National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE)
  • Florida Board of Opticianry Licensure Examination (L.D.O.)
d. Those graduates who work with ophthalmologists are encouraged to sit for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Ophthalmic Medical Assistant and Technician Certification Examinations. The initial criterion is one year experience with an ophthalmologist and successful completion of an approved home study program.
 
2. Faculty goals
a. To provide teaching/learning experiences for students which develop specific knowledge of concepts and skills pertaining to the community served by the institution:
b. To develop and define the objectives of each course, including laboratory and clinical experiences and to develop methods and tools to measure students achievement.
 
3. Educational institution goals
a. To seek and maintain accreditation of the Vision Care Technology/Opticianry Program.
b. To prepare the graduates to successfully pass the credentialing process (certification/registration/ licensure) for their particular career option(s).
c. To provide a vision care professional with a broad educational background to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
d. To provide the graduates with a sound background for their future education and life pursuits.
 
4. Community related goals
a. To provide the ophthalmic community with a skilled graduate qualified by academic and clinical training to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a vision care technician and optician.
b. To promote cooperation among the health care delivery system, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians and consumers in the recognition and full utilization of the graduate.
 
5. Environmental goals
a. To promote the elimination of hazardous waste within federal and state guidelines.
b. To promote the use of environmentally friendly tints in its tinting system for ophthalic lens.
 
The program mission and goals are reviewed by the faculty, administrators, members of the advisory committee and students on an annual basis or as needed.​
 
For Alumni

Did you graduate from Broward College with your associate’s degree in Vision Care? Keep in touch with your school by joining the Alumni & Friends Association. Membership gives you access to special discounts, upcoming alumni-only events and more.

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