- What Is An Optician?
- Why is it important to see a Georgia licensed Optician?
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GEORGIA OPTICIANRY SCHOOLS
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
Lanard C. Atkins, LDO, Program Director
Five opticianry educational paths are available at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Earning an Associate Degree or Diploma in Opticianry and successfully passing national certification and practical exams will enable graduates to meet the qualifications for holding the distinction of Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO). Students can take courses that will earn them certifications as a Contact Lens Technician (13 credits), Eyewear Dispensing Specialist (26 credits), or Optical Laboratory Technician (18 credits). The certification programs are short-term and designed for students looking for entry level jobs that do not require licensing.
Ogeechee Technical College
1 Joe Kennedy Blvd
Statesboro, GA 30458
Deborah DeLoach, LDO, Program Director
An Associate of Applied Science in Opticianry and an Opticianry Diploma are both offered at Ogeechee Technical College. Both programs prepare students to become licensed dispensing opticians. The Opticianry AAS degree program is a collegiate program that features more college-level general education credits and is currently the only COA accredited program in Georgia. Both programs have the same protocol towards licensure and certification. Completing each program allows graduates to sit for the ABO and NCLE exams which need to be passed before acquiring a license from the state of Georgia. The 2016 graduates of Ogeechee’s Associate Degree program achieved 95% job placement and 100% passed the Georgia state boards.
Wiregrass Technical College
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
Gerald Wilkerson, LDO
Wiregrass provides a host of Opticianry Programs at its Valdosta Campus. To be admitted to one of these programs, applicants must be at least 16 years old and pass a criminal background screening. Each new program starts in the fall. The Opticianry Diploma Program includes 6 general education credits, along with 53 occupational course credits. An Opticianry Associate Degree is also offered and requires 74 credits. Shorter options are available in the Eyewear Dispensing Certificate Program, which features 29 total credits. A Refractometry Technical Certificate is also offered and carries a 23-credit curriculum.
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