The Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician Certificate is made possible via an inter-institutional agreement between Edison State College and Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Tampa, Florida. Edison State College assists in the teaching of the vision care courses. The certificate is granted by Hillsborough Community College. Students must take a placement test and be at the college level or take remedial courses offered through Edison. The program is delivered via distance learning technology combined with campus-based instruction. The laboratory courses are held in the new Vision Care Laboratory in the Kenneth P. Walker Health Sciences Building.
This program teaches surfacing, finishing, and other related tasks necessary to fabricate prescription eyewear. It prepares individuals to work in a wholesale or retail optical laboratory. Graduates may apply all credits from this certificate to the Opticianry Degree.
Note: This program has not been approved by the Florida Department of Education for transfer to other AS degrees in the State of Florida. It will, however, transfer to Hillsborough Community College's AS degrees. Students should speak to an HCC advisor concerning the transfer of this certificate to another institution.
The Hillsborough Community College Opticianry Program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.
Course Prerequisites: None
Program Prerequisites: None
General Education Requirements: None