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Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing (OD&D)

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You have solid math and problem solving skills, love to help others and enjoy hands-on work. You would like to work in a medical-related field, but without the time and financial commitments in getting a PhD. Middlesex Community College has an affordable and flexible solution to meet your needs.

 Get started with an Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing from Middlesex Community College today!

This two-year degree program prepares students for future work as licensed opticians working to help others through the design and dispensing of eyeglasses, contact lenses and low-vision aids.

Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing 

This program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming licensed opticians. Successful completion of this program will be accepted in lieu of the four-year, 8000–hour apprenticeship requirement to become a licensed optician.

Enrollment in the program is restricted because of limited lab facilities, and early application is encouraged. Only completed applications with all documents will be considered. Students are admitted to the fall term only. Students must take the placement test and place into ENG*101 Composition and MAT*137 to be eligible for this program. Official transcripts are required for transfer credit.

Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing students must receive a grade of C or better in Ophthalmic Dispensing courses in order to obtain a degree in this program.

Academic Requirements

The Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing program usually holds classes three days a week to allow students to work while they attend school. Students in this program will learn a range of skills, from prescription analysis to use of special instrumentation and fitting eyewear on clients.

Jobs You Can Get With An OD&D Degree:

With an OD&D Degree from MxCC, a student can get work in an optical shop, corporate optical business, private Optometrist’s office, or a private Ophthalmologist’s office.

How Long Will You Have To Go To School?

Most students are able to finish the program within 21 months or 2-calendar years.

Further education is only necessary if you want to progress to management positions, in which case a bachelor’s degree is necessary. Many students get a bachelor’s degree in business rather than optometry.  MxCC has an unofficial arrangement with Charter Oak state college to get Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Optical Business Management.

A small percent of students choose to continue their education to become Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, both of which require Doctoral level degrees.

Job Availability & Growth:

Spurred by the demographic of the baby boomers and the elderly, an increasing demand for eyewear and contact lenses should be good for the optician through 2018. As the aging population continues to grow, more demand will be created foe corrective lenses and a requirement for regular vision care. Fashion will also continue to drive the demand for dispensing opticians. As ophthalmic and contact technology continues to develop the demand for the services of opticians will increase.

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For more information about the Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing program, contact:

Professor Raymond Dennis (rdennis@mxcc.edu)


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