Become an Optician

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Learn how to design, fit, and dispense corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Eyecare is a 31 billion dollar industry.
Students will be prepared to sit for both the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE).
Training store on campus includes an optical fabrication lab and a contact lense lab.

Choose A Career With Vision: Become An Optician

Good vision is one of our greatest gifts. Making the most of every aspect of our lives depends on the ability to see clearly. By deciding to become an optician, you’ll enjoy great career satisfaction by helping others improve their vision and lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

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. 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.

Our brand new optician training facility is a unique educational environment in which to learn and grow. Working with a dedicated team of eye care professionals, you will learn to design, fit, and dispense corrective eyeglass and contact lenses in our state-of-the-art optical fabrication laboratory, contact lenses laboratory, and training store.

Graduates 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. 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.

Flexible class schedules and financial aid options
Find out more about our flexible scheduling and career options. Getting a great education means making an investment in your future; and our financial aid team is ready to work with you to make sure you find the grants, scholarships, and other aid you need to cover your college tuition.

Click for a detailed look at the complete curriculum for the Vision Care Technology associate degree program.

Looking to transfer credits?
We will evaluate any transfer credits you may have — usually in less than one business day with an unofficial transcript.

Complete the form above or call 800.889.3282 to request more information on our Optician College

* Source: Jobson Medical Information, 2012

Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Consumer information about the College and its programs, including gainful employment data, is available here.

The Vision Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation. Debra White, Director of Accreditation PO Box 592 Canton, NY 13617 Phone: 703.468.0566 Fax: 888.306.9036 Email:

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