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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
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.
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.
MxCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability (or history thereof) or criminal record in its educational and employment practices. Political beliefs and veteran status are also part of the nondiscrimination coverage in the Board of Regentsâ€™ Policy on Student Rights. Further, racism and sexual harassment are prohibited. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Director of Human Resources at 860-343-5751, the Dean of Academic Affairs at 860-343-5706 or the Dean of Students at 860-343-5759.