PACE NONCREDIT COURSE:
Areas of Study
Hours: 390 | CEUs: 39 | Duration: 18 months
In this online course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to become an optician and prepare for the Basic American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exams. This includes the NOCE (National Opticianry Competency Exam) and the CLRE (Contact Lens Registry Exam), required by many states to work as opticians or as a stepping-stone to career advancement.
You will learn how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, and understand eye anatomy and eye diseases. Additionally, you will learn various office responsibilities within an optometrist’s office, including bookkeeping, tracking inventory and sales, maintaining customer records (payments and prescriptions). This course also serves as preparation for the QuickBooks Certified User exam.
After successfully completing this course, you will possess the knowledge required to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO), National Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE) exam, or Contact Lens Registry Exam (CLRE) to begin a career as an optician and have the skills and knowledge to advance as an optical manager in this popular and exciting medical field.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive vouchers to sit for the QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU) Exam and the Microsoft exams MO-200 and MO-201 (Excel) and MO-100 and MO-101 (Word). The voucher is prepaid access to sit for the certifying exam upon eligibility. Proctor fees may apply, which are not included.
Please note: We strongly recommend researching your state’s requirements before pursuing a career as an optician. For example, while some states only require a high school diploma or GED and passing score on the ABO exam to fulfill licensing requirements, others have their optician licensing exams. Additionally, some states may require that opticians complete an apprenticeship program or degree program to become licensed.