Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Vision Care Technology

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Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title: 

A.A.S. in Vision Care Technology


CIP Code:



SOC Code/s:

SOC 1: 29-2081


Program Description:

Vision Care Technology is a two-year Program resulting in an Associate in Applied Science degree. Opticians are licensed professionals who design and fit prescription eyeglasses, contact lens and other specialized optical devices. The patient brings the optician a prescription from their doctor and the optician determines the best way to fill that prescription based on the individual’s specific needs.


Program Outcomes:

1. Provide society with skilled graduates to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a Dispensing Optician

2. Produce graduates that can successfully pass the Tennessee State licensing examinations

3. Prepare all graduates for employment as Dispensing Opticians 


Professional Accrediting Body:

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA)


State Agency/Entity Oversight:

State of Tennessee Department of Health - Board of Dispensing Opticians


Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded:

Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO)


Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT):N/A


General Education Requirements: 15 SCH

  • SPCH 1010   Intro to Communications                 (TTP)                                                             3

    HUM/FA         Elective*                                                                                                                    3

    MATH             MATH 1130 (TTP)  or higher*                                                                               3

    SOC SCI        Elective*                                                                                                                    3

    *All courses to be chosen from a TBR/campus-approved list of General Education courses

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