Associate in Science - Ophthalmic Science

The Goodwin College Ophthalmic Science (OPS) associate's degree program is designed to prepare ophthalmic professionals for a rewarding career in the eyecare field. A Licensed Optician can be employed as an independent business owner, contact lens practitioner, optical laboratory technician, ophthalmic sales representative, optical industry business professional, wholesale laboratory professional, or as a manager of an ophthalmology or optometric practice. Ophthalmic Science Professionals work at Independent Optical Shops, Private Ophthalmology Offices, Private Optometric Offices, Optical Laboratories, Retail/High Fashion Optical Boutiques and Corporate or Chain Conglomerates

In addition to ten OPS courses, the program requires a supervised clinical externship and a core of General Education courses for a total of 63 credits. The externship will typically take place at the student’s place of employment or at an externship site. Goodwin College will provide placement assistance when appropriate to ensure students develop practical skills for both eyewear dispensing and contact lens fitting, as required for licensure. A state-of-the-art Training Store allows students to perfect their skills in a supervised setting. Important topics such as practice management, the role of fashion in eyewear, and ethical issues are addressed to create a lively and thought-provoking educational experience.


Students will be prepared to sit for both the American Board of Opticianry’s (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE). 6506 Loisdale Road - Suite 209, Springfield, VA 22150 Toll Free: 1-800-296-1379 Office: (703) 719-5800 Fax: 703-719-9144.

In order for students to be eligible to take the state exam to be a licensed Optician in Connecticut, they must pass both the ABO and the NCLE and graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) and approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians. Goodwin College is actively pursuing national accreditation from the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation. Once COA accreditation is received, Goodwin College will seek final approval from the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians.

Admission Criteria

The specific admission requirements are outlined below. Goodwin College Ophthalmic Science Program has a strong focus in math, science and interpersonal relationship skills. It is important to note that not all qualified candidates can be offered admission to the Ophthalmic Science Program due to the limited number of places available. Admission is based upon completion of Ophthalmic Science prerequisites and other requirements. Candidates will be accepted based on the following outlined requirements listed below and the outlined Point System.

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College if not already a student at Goodwin. Applicants to the Ophthalmic Science Program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript or General Equivalency Diploma.
  3. If a college transfer student, have a minimum college GPA of 2.3.
  4. Date of application submission and points obtained in the Selection Point System will dictate the class roster’s placement order. Twenty (20) students are accepted each fall semester.
  5. Have completed coursework that are prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better:
    1. Math 1XX - Intermediate Algebra or above
    2. English 101 - English Composition

Students must be able to perform all functions and tasks required of an optician. As part of the curriculum, the student would be asked to fully participate in all clinical field experiences and community service activities. Students are expected to be able to:

  1. MOTOR FUNCTION- student should be able to:
    1. Manipulate ophthalmic tools and equipment and instruments with both hands.
    2. Demonstrate adequate motor skills to accomplish effective use of instrumentation.
  2. VISUAL OBSERVATION- student should be able to:
    1. Determine anatomy and pathology, through biomicroscopic examination.
    2. Read material pertinent to the care and safety of the patient, classmates and faculty.
  3. AUDITORY (HEARING) OBSERVATION- student should be able to:
    1. Hear timers, telephones, as well as, patient, classmates and faculty voices ranges
  4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS- student should be able to:
    1. Have sufficient command of the English language to assure proper verbal and written communication with patients, classmates, and faculty.
  5. CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS- student should be able to:
    1. Comprehend and assimilate the knowledge acquired from didactic courses into the fitting, design and fabrication of contact lenses.
    2. Comprehend and assimilate the knowledge acquired from didactic courses into the fitting, fabrication and dispensing of ophthalmic eyewear.

Point System

Ophthalmic Science students who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system specified below.

Previous College Education


Associate Degree (60 Credits)


Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree


Completion of Courses at Goodwin College


1 course


2 courses


3 courses


4 courses


5 courses


6 courses


7 courses


Cumulative GPA








Admission Essay
















Total Possible Points


Accepted Students

Students accepted into the Ophthalmic Science Program should refer to the Goodwin College and Ophthalmic Science Handbook for additional information and program specific information. Students should familiarize themselves with the OPS program policies and sign the form, which indicates an understanding of the policies of the OPS program. A copy of this form will be placed in the student's records.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Be qualified as a candidate for various certification and licensure examinations, i.e. ABO American Board of Opiticanry, NCLE national Contact lens Examination, and eventual eligibility to sit for the Connecticut State Board Practical Examination and Jurisprudence Examination;
  2. Deliver the highest technical and ethical standard of care as a healthcare practitioner in the field of opticianry;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use optical instruments, equipment, materials, procedures and techniques to industry standards in the design, fitting and dispensing of contact lenses;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use optical instruments and tools, materials, procedures and techniques to industry standards in the fitting, fabrication and dispensing of eyewear;
  5. Demonstrate the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver competent patient care as evidenced by successful completion of a 150-hour clinical field experience with a diverse and varied patient population; and
  6. Value patient confidentiality and patient rights according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate degree graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all Ophthalmic Science core courses with a minimum grade of "C".

2. Complete BIO 214 with a minimum grade of "C".


Associate in Science - Ophthalmic Science

General Education Core - 25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition



Writing Competency (WR)



Communications Competency (COM)



Computer Literacy Competency (CL)



Math Competency (MATH)


BIO 214

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Eye (SCI)


PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)



Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)


Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience or Open Elective


Ophthalmic Science Major Core Requirements - 35 Credits

OPS 101

Introduction to Ophthalmic Science


OPS 103

Ophthalmic Fabrication I


OPS 105

Ophthalmic Dispensing I


OPS 106

Contact Lens Theory I


OPS 203

Ophthalmic Fabrication II


OPS 205

Ophthalmic Dispensing II


OPS 206

Contact Lens Theory II


OPS 204

Contact Lens Theory and Application


OPS 201

Ophthalmic Science Synthesis


OPS 202

Supervised Clinical Experience


OPS 208

Ophthalmic Practice Management


Total Credits in the Program