Vision Care Technology

 

Program Description
The Vision Care Technology Program offers classroom, clinical and laboratory training utilizing state of the art instrumentation in preparation for careers in the vision care field.

With the increase in the nation's population and the aging of the baby boom generation, the demand for vision care services and a trained corps of ophthalmic professionals has risen. This demand exists in private optometric and ophthalmological practices, national vision centers, health maintenance organizations, laser surgery and specialty practices, laboratory and ophthalmic sales.

Among program goals is the provision of necessary theoretical and practical training to enable students to successfully complete the American Board of Opticianry, National Contact Lens Examination and New York State licensing exams in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lenses.

Classroom lectures, clinics and laboratories involve skills training in lensometry, pupillometry, keratometry, biomicroscopy, tonometry, perimetry, auto-refraction, corneal topography and retinal imaging. Students are trained in the use of computers to maintain patient's protected health information and prescription requirements.

To complement classroom and laboratory training, students will participate in two clinical externships at participating optometric and ophthalmological private practices and vision centers. The program has over 70 affiliated and approved vision care sites in Western New York.

Second year students gain purposeful clinical experience through supervised participation in the Community Eye Clinic at Friends of Night People which offers eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses to those in need in the community.

Upon graduation of the program students participate in credentialing exams administered by the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners and state licensure exams through the Office of Professions, New York State Education Department.

Program Details

Campus: North

Math II
General Science


Pre-Admission Recommendations: 2 Years Math

  • Applicant must be a high school graduate.
  • Advance transfer credit for general education or professional courses in which a "C" or above was earned may be arranged when course descriptions match ECC courses.
  • In addition to tuition, students will be responsible for paying for a set of ophthalmic tools, lab coat, liability insurance and a name tag for use in off-campus clinical work.
  • Students are responsible for providing transportation to off campus fieldwork sites utilized for general dispensing practice course.
  • Exceptions to the above criteria may be made for returning adult students and for those currently working in the field.

SUNY Erie Community College Vision Care Technology and its program of study meets the educational requirements by the Board of Regents in New York State to award an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a major in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact lens Fitting. Graduates are eligible to take the NYS Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lens Licensing Exams. Other states may have different educational requirements for program completion and licensure requirements. SUNY Erie Vision Care Technology has made no determination of whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements for professional optical licensure in states other than in New York. If seeking licensure in a state other than New York, please review the requirement of that State’s Board of Opticianry. To search a particular State’s Opticianry Licensing Board, please visit the American Board of Opticianry website.

Program Outcomes
The following tables indicate how many SUNY Erie Vision Care Technology students graduated, passed board exams since 2015 and found related jobs or continued their education.

Year

# Students Starting

Graduates

Graduation Percent

2020

23

18

78%

2019

33

31

94%

2018

25

23

92%

2017

23

19

82%

2016

24

20

83%

American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Pass Rates

Year

# Sitting for Exam

# Passing

# Percent Passing

2020

15

15

100%

2019

28

27

96%

2018

23

21

91%

2017

19

17

89%

2016

20

19

95%

National Contact Lens Registry Examination (NCLE) Pass Rates

Year

# Sitting for Exam

# Passing

# Percent Passing

2020

5

5

100%

2019

17

17

100%

2018

14

14

100%

2017

10

8

80%

2016

8

8

100%

New York State Board Practical Licensure Examination

Year

# Graduates

# Sitting for Exam

# Passing

# Percent Passing

2020

18

14

10

71.4%

2019

31

23

18

78%

2018

23

22

20

90.9%

2017

19

18

17

94.4%

2016

20

10

9

90%

Students Employed in Vision Care or Continuing Education

Year

# Graduates

# Working in Field

Percentage

2020

18

14

78%

2019

31

23

74%

2018

23

15

65%

2017

19

18

95%

2016

20

16

100%


Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
PO Box 592
Canton, NY 13617
director@COAccreditation.com
Voice: (703) 468-0566
Fax: (888) 306-9036


 

For more information:
John Godert, North Campus
Room B100A
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 851-1570