Technical Career Institute's Associate in Applied Science
Ophthalmic Dispensing ( Optician )

Ophthalmic dispensers, better known as Opticians, fill prescriptions for corrective eyewear, in accordance with an ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s determination.

TTI has partnered with Technical Career Institute’s College of Technology to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing (OPT).

This program combines an in-depth study of optics and medical anatomy with dispensing knowledge and finishing skills so that graduates will have the ability to provide customers with suitable, well-fitted eyeglasses or contact lenses as a contact lens practitioner and dispenser, lens and frame company representative, store manager, or business owner.

bullet Course Outline

Students will train on state-of-the-industry instrumentation and machinery and gain competence in all aspects of ophthalmic dispensing, from fabrication to the dispensing of the finished product. The TCI campus laboratories and dispensaries resemble those encountered in the optical industry. An on-site clinic provides patient contact and dispensing experience. This program prepares the student for national certifying examinations. Career placement assistance is provided to students upon degree completion.

The TTI cohort will have their own classes, held Sundays from 9:00 AM until 6:15 PM on TCI’s campus in Midtown Manhattan, and one or two weekday evenings online. In addition to the class credits, students will complete exams for a portion of the required general education credits.


This program is completed in 1 1/3 years

  • The cost of the program is approximately $34,000. Financial aid is available for eligible students.


Earning Potential:

As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Opticians earned a median salary of $52,000. The best-paid earned $74,000 while the lowest-paid earned $46,000. Owning a private business can be considerably more profitable.

Some sample job titles for those who complete the Associates Degree and meet certification and licensing requirements are:

  • Optical Business Owner
  • Optical Store Manager
  • Contact Lens Practitioner and Dispenser
  • Lens and Frame Company Representative