Program Curriculum

1'st QuarterCr
AHE 165 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I 3
Fundamentals of medical terminology, with emphasis on basic rules, vocabulary building, abbreviations and knowledge of medical terms relating to body systems and medical specialties.
ENGL&101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 5
Covers academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Focuses on engaging and responding to a variety of texts. Through revision and reflection, develop skills as readers, writers and critical thinkers.
MIC 101 INTRODUCTION TO MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS 4
Intro to microcomputer applications for Windows. Includes an overview of Windows, the Microsoft Office System featuring Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet Browsers, email, along with emerging software application topics and concepts.
OPH 100 ORIENTATION TO OPHTHALMIC DISPENSING 2
Intro to optical mechanics, ophthalmic dispensing and optics and products. Overview of the optical business and the job of the ophthalmic dispenser.
OPH 110 OPTICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY I 2
Covers lens surfacing, instrumentation, ophthalmic laboratory procedures, laboratory safety procedures, and lens design as related to eyeglass fabrication and basic optical terminology.
OPH 120 OPTICAL LAB TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES 1
An introduction to the equipment and procedures used in the ophthalmic laboratory. This course covers the use of the focimeter, lens clock, and thickness gauges. Prescription and lens analysis is also introduced.
2'nd QuarterCr
CMST&101 ORINTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION 5
Intro to communication as a transactional process, with attention to personal, cultural, group and public communication. Covers verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, self-concept and perception.
HUM 105 INTERCULTURE COMMUNICATION 5
OPH 101 OPTICAL THEORY I 5
Focuses on ophthalmic lens optics and eyeglass fabrication process and introduces practical application of ophthalmic lens equations. Includes study of powers of spectacle lenses including ophthalmic prisms and aberrations.
OPH 107 OPHTHALMIC DISPENSING I 3
Intro to responsibilities of the ophthalmic dispenser, including facial measurements, cosmetic considerations, frame fitting and selection based on prescription. Includes practical projects, role-playing and demonstrations.
OPH 111 OPTICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY II 2
Continuation of OPH 110. Introduction to laboratory equipment, including applications and lens surfacing. Multifocal lens designs are introduced. Basic ophthalmic prism concepts are introduced.
OPH 121 OPTICAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES II 2
OPH 121, Optical Laboratory Equipment and Techniques II, is a continuation of OPH 120. This course is designed to build upon the ophthalmic laboratory techniques learned in OPH 120 as well as to orient the student to laboratory equipment.
OPH 127 OPTHALMIC DISPENSING I EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES 2
This course is the first of two dispensing classes. It is designed to teach the basics in frame and lens selection as well as patient measurements and frame adjustments to find that first job and complete co-operative education. This class is hands on and you will be practicing each of the assignments with students in class.
3'rd QuarterCr
MATH 110 APPLIED MATH FOR TECHNICIANS 3
Emphasis on applications of mathematics to vocational and technical courses.
OPH 102 OPTICAL THEORY II 4
Continuation of OPH 101. Introduces reflection and refraction principles. Emphasis on light theories, propagation, ray tracing, plane surfaces and prisms.
OPH 105 OCULAR ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3
Covers anatomy and physiology of the human eye, including relation of ocular anatomical structures to the visual process. Emphasis on ocular terminology.
OPH 108 OPTHALMIC DISPENSING II 3
Covers ophthalmic dispensing procedures relating to complex prescriptions: fitting, adjusting and ordering procedures with emphasis on multi-focal and absorptive lenses. Includes low-vision aids. Refines communication skills.
OPH 112 OPTICAL LAB TECH III 2
Continuation of OPH 111. Introduction to the history and optics of progressive lenses. Lens standards will be discussed as well as yoked prism and prism thinning.
OPH 122 OPTICAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES III 1
OPH 122, Optical Laboratory Equipment and Techniques III, is a continuation of OPH 121. This course is designed to build upon the ophthalmic laboratory techniques learned in OPH 121 as well as to analyze ophthalmic lenses with greater speed and accuracy.
OPH 128 OPTHALMIC DISPENSING II EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQ 2
This course helps fine tune skills as a dispenser and includes more detailed information on adjustments and lenses.
4'th QuarterCr
OPH 103 OPTICAL THEORY III 3
Covers multi-focal lenses: origin, development, types and applications. Includes study of presbyopia and other conditions requiring correction and introduces presbyopic prescription analysis. This course specifically includes the study of prescriptions for eyeglasses/contacts, how they are obtained and the associated customer service.
OPH 106 CONTACT LENS TECH I 3
Covers basic principles of contact lenses: history, manufacturing methods, terminology, optics, equipment for fitting and evaluation of contact lens candidates. Lab demonstration on use of radius gauge, ophthalmometer, thickness and diameter gauges, shadow graph and biomicroscope.
OPH 113 FINISHING I 2
Covers finishing work with emphasis on procedures and machinery for automatic edging. Studies American National Standards Institute guidelines. Intro to lens toughening procedures and stress testing.
OPH 123 OPTICAL LABORATORY FINISHING 1 E&Q 3
Ophthalmic laboratory finishing equipment and techniques will be studied. Laboratory flow and methods of lens production will be taught.
OPH 126 CONTACT LENS EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES I 3
This beginning lab class introduces the use of the equipment needed to fit and evaluate contact lenses. You will learn how to operate the keratometer, biomicroscope, radiuscope and continue to use your lensometer skills to evaluate contact lenses. Preq: Successful completion of third quarter opticianry program courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
OPH 187 COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE 3
Cooperative Education is an academic program that integrates the student's educational experience with supervised work, intern, or volunteer experience. OPH 187 is the first course in which students apply knowledge and hone basic skills in the workplace. Students earn academic credit towards their degree in Opticianry.
5'th QuarterCr
BUS& 101 ORINTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 5
Survey of American business in a global context: business and economic terminology, forms of business ownership, management, accounting, finance, international marketing and foreign exchange rates. Also covers small businesses, business start-ups and franchising.
BUS 103 ORPERSONNEL/HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
BUS 185 SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 5
OPH 203 CONTACT LENSES II 3
Covers basic fitting techniques of hard and soft lenses. Includes patient instruction and contact lens adjustments. Examines bifocal, scleral and specialty lenses.
OPH 211 FINISHING II 2
Continuation of finishing laboratory skills, with emphasis on multifocal lenses. Includes layout of multi-focal lenses and study of plastic lenses and tinting. Specialty lenses will be discussed as well as atypical frame materials.
OPH 222 OPTICAL LABORATORY FINISHING E&Q III 3
Optical Laboratory Finishing Equipment and Techniques III expands upon skills learned in OPH 211 and 221. Students will continue to develop optical laboratory finish work techniques with greater speed and precision. Neutralization and verification of compound prism lenses will be introduced.
OPH 223 CONTACT LENS TECHNOLOGY II EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQ 3
This fifth quarter beginning course builds a solid foundation of contact lenses fitting and evaluation.
OPH 285 OPTHALMIC BUSINESS I EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES 2
The students will staff Campus Optical through a rotation system defined by the instructor assigned to the area during the clinical experience. Dispensing skills will be further developed in the retail optical learning center on campus.
OPH 295 OPHTHALMIC DISPENSING BUS 1
Introduction to business functions, including sales and management. Fully develop salesmanship, business plans and implementation.
PSYC&100 ORGENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 5
Intro to the scientific study of human behavior, including learning and thinking, development, perception, motivation, emotion, personality and individual differences, social and abnormal behavior, and research methods.
PSYC&200 ORLIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY 5
PSYC 240 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3
6'th QuarterCr
OPH 188 COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE 3
Cooperative Education is an academic program that integrates the student's educational experience with supervised work, intern, or volunteer experience. OPH 188 is the second course in which students apply knowledge and further develop skills in the workplace. Students earn academic credit towards their degree in Opticianry.
OPH 204 CONTACT LENSES TECH III 3
Continuation of OPH 203. Emphasis on available lenses, solutions and accessories; diagnostic and fitting skills; development of biomicroscopy and keratometry skills.
OPH 212 FINISHING III 2
OPH 212 is a continuation of OPH 211. New lens technology and materials will be discussed. This course also includes a review for the American Board of Opticians certification exam.
OPH 222 OPTICAL LABORATORY FINISHING E&Q III 3
Optical Laboratory Finishing Equipment and Techniques III expands upon skills learned in OPH 211 and 221. Students will continue to develop optical laboratory finish work techniques with greater speed and precision. Neutralization and verification of compound prism lenses will be introduced.
OPH 224 CONTACT LENS TECHNOLOGY III EQUIPMENT AND TECH 2
In this sixth quarter class complications of contact lens wear will be discussed in detail. Laboratory exercises will offer the student an opportunity to improve accuracy and speed in contact lens verification and keratometry. Students will work to increase skill levels in inserting and removing contact lenses, fitting techniques and Slit-lamp use.
OPH 286 OPTHALMIC BUSINESS II EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES 2
This course represents the second year student's second experience in the learning center known as Campus Optical. The students will staff Campus Optical through a rotation system defined by the instructor assigned to the area during the clinical experience.
OPH 296 OPHTHALMIC DISP BUS 1
Intermediate business functions, including sales and management. Continued development of salesmanship, business plans and implementation.
7'th QuarterCr
OPH 189 COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE 3
Cooperative Education is an academic program that integrates the student's educational experience with supervised work, intern, or volunteer experience. OPH 189 is the third course in which students apply knowledge and further develop skills in the workplace. Students earn academic credit towards their degree in Opticianry.
OPH 205 CONTACT LENS IV 1
Continuation of OPH 204. Emphasis on ocular surfaces in interaction with foreign objects, ocular pharmacology and the refractive examination.
OPH 215 BENCHWORK EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES 3
Independent work on projects to develop production skills and workmanship. Students will also enhance skills that are essential to passing the Washington State Boards in Opticianry.
OPH 225 CONTACT LENS TECHNOLOGY IV EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQ 1
Complications of contact lens wear will be discussed in detail. Laboratory exercises will offer the student an opportunity to improve accuracy and speed in contact lens verification and keratometry. Students will work to increase skill levels in inserting and removing contact lenses, fitting techniques and Slit-lamp use.
OPH 287 OPTHALMIC BUSINESS III EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES 2
The students will staff Campus Optical through a rotation system. Practicing and improving communication skills with clients and co-workers continues to be an important part of this course. Sales skills learned through experience and didactic sessions throughout 285 and 286 should be fine tuned during this quarter.
OPH 297 OPTHALMIC DISP BUS 1
Incorporates advanced ophthalmic skills with new technology, critical thinking and problem-solving. Provides the opportunity to pursue professional areas of interest.
OPH 299 COMPREHENSIVE 7
As the last course in the program, students apply skills and knowledge acquired throughout the opticianry program. Students identify areas of weakness and work on methods of improvement required for successful completion of the state licensing test and entrance into the opticianry field as a licensed optician.

Total Credits = 126–128

Note: In order to complete the program, a 2.0 grade or above is required in all Opticianry, related instruction and science courses.

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