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Opticianry program to host open house Jan. 29

Jan. 18, 2014

CCRI's Opticianry program prepares students to become dispensing opticians. CCRI's Opticianry program prepares students to become dispensing opticians.

The Community College of Rhode Island will host an open house on Jan. 29 in which prospective students can learn about its Opticianry program, which is offered in a primarily distance learning environment. The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.

The Opticianry program was designed to provide applicants for licensure in Rhode Island with the two-year degree they need. It is one of only four programs in New England and one of two offered in a distance learning format.

General education courses can be taken at any CCRI campus or be transferred from another post-secondary institution. The classroom and laboratory theory courses have online modules that the student must complete independently within a specific time frame. Some on-site participation is required – typically on Saturdays or evenings for approximately three hours at a time – for course lectures and hands-on training sessions. Clinical experiences are scheduled at optical facilities and typically run during the day between Monday and Saturday. Those who successfully complete the five-semester program, approved by the Rhode Island Department of Health and designed around the National Federation of Opticianry Schools program used in many colleges around the country, will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s 2012 Occupational Wage Report, dispensing opticians earn a median salary of nearly $26 per hour. DLT’s Labor Market Information Occupational Projections say the number of positions in the field is expected to increase by 33 percent through growth and attrition between 2010 and 2020.

To apply for licensure in Rhode Island, candidates must graduate from a two-year opticianry program and successfully complete the National Opticianry Competency Examination administered by the American Board of Opticianry as well as successfully completing a regional practical examination.


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