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Program Description

This program simultaneously prepares students for jobs in three ophthalmic health care areas, as opticians or as technicians working with optometrists or ophthalmologists. A concentrated presentation of career development and clinical experience, combined with general education courses accomplishes this multidisciplinary approach. Among the marketable skills acquired are clinical data collection and ophthalmic fabrication and dispensing. The program prepares students to assist in performing tests to determine defects in vision, preparing and fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses, and administering corrective eye exercises and other treatments under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The student begins working with patients during the third semester, in clinics staffed by opticians, optometrists, and/or ophthalmologists.

The Medical Campus Opticianry Program is a five semester (21 month) program requiring 72 credits for an Associate in Science degree. A series of general education courses are associated with the Opticianry program at Miami Dade College. It is recommended that students interested in this program complete these general education courses prior to applying and enrolling in the program to reduce the course workload in each semester. Completion of these courses does not guarantee admission to the program.

The Opticianry Program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the Opticianry profession. In keeping with its mission and goals, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medical Campus promotes an environment of respect and support for persons with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations. Please see the Physical Demands listed for this program.

The Opticianry Program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program.  If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time rigorous program.

To facilitate the clinical portion of the program, students are assigned to a clinical facility within Miami Dade and Broward County.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and to various agencies in the community to which they are assigned for clinical experiences. Students enrolled in the clinical portion of the program are required to complete the Miami Dade College Student Health Record and criminal background check.

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This program is offered only at the Medical Campus located at 950 NW 20 Street, Miami, Fl 33127 and clinical sites throughout Miami-Dade County.

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All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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