Ophthalmic Technology —
- How long does the program take?
- Volunteer State offers an Associate’s Degree in Allied Health in Ophthalmic Technology, which takes two years total. The first year covers General Education courses and prerequisites. The second year is a full three semesters and involves specialized study and clinical work.
- How much do Ophthalmic Technicians earn?
- Salaries vary depending on employer and geographic region. Entry-level salaries range from $28,800 for ophthalmic assistants to $44,600 for ophthalmic technicians and $53,250 for ophthalmic medical technologists, according to the American Medical Association. Volunteer State Community College's program prepares students to be ophthalmic technicians.
- Do I need math?
- Math classes are not part of the Ophthalmic Technology program, but prospective students must pass Math for Liberal Arts during their first year.
- What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist and an Optician?
- These terms are often used improperly. An Ophthalmologist is a physician who specializes in treatment of eye problems. An Optometrist is not a physician but is trained to test visual acuity and prescribe corrective lenses. An Optician sells or makes eyeglasses, contact lenses and other optical materials. The Vol State program trains students to work with Ophthalmologists.
- Is admission automatic if I am interested?
- No. Admission is competitive and limited to 15 students each year. Candidates must already be taking General Education classes and prerequisites. The application deadline is April 30; screening and interviews take place in early June.
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