How to Earn Your Optician License in 2 Steps

You could become a licensed optician in just two simple steps! Learn more to start your new career today!

Are you looking to earn your optician license? Ophthalmic science can be a great career move!

Pursuing an ophthalmic science degree is a great career move for dedicated healers and caregivers. Opticians can make a great living in Connecticut, turning an ophthalmic science or optician degree into a solid future in an in-demand field. Opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrist. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As an optician, you will be responsible for analyzing and interpreting prescriptions to determine lenses that are best suited for a patient’s lifestyle and visual needs, as well as ensuring the best fit and visual acuity of contact lenses. And this caring field is on the rise! Employment is projected to grow 19.80%, according to the CT Department of Labor.

Here are the simple steps you can take to earn your optician license:

Find an Optician Program to Fit Your Needs

Opticians typically learn their skills through formal on-the-job training, or through formal education programs at career-focused colleges. This training includes technical instruction in how to design, fit, and dispense corrective eyeglass and contact lenses, as well as front-of-store skills and person-to-person communication.

The Goodwin College optician program — the only optician school of its kind in the Capitol Region — combines the best practices in hands-on, technical work with caring customer service and patient interaction skills. Our brand new optician training facility is a unique educational environment in which to learn and grow.

Take the Certification Exams

Once you have the skills and optician training you need, it’s time to take the licensure exams. Currently 23 states require opticians to be licensed.

Graduates of Goodwin’s ophthalmic science program are prepared to sit for the both the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE). 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 an optician college program accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) and approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians.

Now you’re ready for your optician license and a rewarding new career in ophthalmic science!

Interested in learning more about Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science program?  Want to check out our facilities? Learn more today by calling 800-889-3283 or visiting us at our website. You can also check out all of our programs to see why we’re a leading healthcare school in CT! You can also interact with us on Facebook or Twitter!