program overview


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* this program is financial aid eligible.
the opticianry curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to adapt and fit corrective eyewear or ophthalmic devices as prescribed by the ophthalmologist or optometrist.

students will acquire competencies in all phases of opticianry, including analysis and interpretation of prescriptions; surfacing, benchwork, dispensing, and fitting of eyewear and ophthalmic devices; maintenance of consumer records; effective communication with consumers; and business management skills.

graduates should qualify to take certification examinations given by the american board of opticianry, the national contact lens examiners, and the north carolina state board of opticians, as well as other state licensing boards.

the opticianry program is accredited by the commission on opticianry accreditation and approved by the north carolina state board of opticians.

view more information about program and licensure outcomes, and course participation. students also have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus optical shop.

how to apply:

program applications are accepted february 1– july 15.

  1. view the admissions checklist.
  2. use the green button below to apply to durham tech following the health technologies enrollment steps. once course placement requirements are met,
  3. apply to the opticianry program using the program application form

if you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the information, please email catina hill-wafula or janet alspaugh.

fall application deadline is jul 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus, online

minimum credit hours


program stats

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average salary

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average class size


estimated completion time

20 months
archery target

licensure pass rate


current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
acc-115 college accounting 4
cis-110 introduction to computers 3
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
oph-111 ophthalmic lab i 3
oph-121 Anatomy & Phys-Eye 3
oph-132 optical dispensing ii 4
oph-142 optical theory ii 3
oph-215 laboratory proficiency 2
oph-243 technical proficiency 3
oph-262 contact lenses ii 4
oph-282 optical externship ii 2
psy-150 general psychology 3
headshot of Enzo Anchetta

“i really like how challenging the opticianry program is at durham tech. this field is something there will always be a need for. no matter how fast technology advances, there’s going to be someone behind the machines that needs to understand how things work and i look forward to fulfilling that role as a licensed optician.”

—enzo anchetta