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Ophthalmic Technology

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Scott Helkaa
Program Director
(702) 651-5834
scott.helkaa@csn.edu

Nicole Boone
Administrative Assistant
(702) 651-5584


Ophthalmic Technology – Dispensing Technician Emphasis – AAS Degree
Contact Lens
Ophthalmic Dispensing – Certificate of Completion for Registered Apprentices
Optical Laboratory Technician

Ophthalmic Technology – Dispensing Technician Emphasis – AAS Degree

Program Description The Ophthalmic Technology Program prepares graduates to be professional manufacturing and dispensing opticians. The program consists of systematic instruction and experience in all aspects of the work in the profession. The program includes instruction and laboratory training in: contact lens skills, eyewear dispensing skills, lens finishing techniques, lens surfacing techniques, as well as sales techniques, basic business operations and communications. Instruction and practice with low vision aids, physician assisting skills and ocular prosthetics are also covered.
Where Do I Start? Contact Program Director
This is a Limited Entry Program
Program Advisement Sheet
What To Expect On campus lectures, labs, and clinical. The program also offers lectures, labs, and clinical using distance education formats. Students will rotate through various health care settings related to the profession. Students participate in a variety of vision care related local, national and international community service functions.

Contact Lens

Program Description This program is designed to assist students in preparing for the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) examination, Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) Honored Fellow Examination and the Nevada State Board of Dispensing Opticians state licensing exam.
Where Do I Start? Contact Program Director
This is an Open Entry Program
Program Advisement Sheet
What To Expect Students will complete on campus and distance education classroom and skills lab coursework.

Ophthalmic Dispensing – Certificate of Completion for Registered Apprentices

Program Description This program is designed to prepare students to be professional manufacturing and dispensing opticians. The program includes instruction and laboratory training in physician assisting skills, eyewear dispensing skills, lens finishing techniques and lens surfacing.
Where Do I Start? Contact Program Director
This is an Open Entry Program
Program Advisement Sheet
What To Expect Students will complete on campus and distance education classroom and skills lab coursework.

Optical Laboratory Technician

Program Description This emphasis features a curriculum designed to prepare students for entry level positions in an optical surfacing or finishing laboratory.
Where Do I Start? Contact Program Director
This is an Open Entry Program
Program Advisement Sheet
What To Expect Training includes lectures and skills lab. A laboratory practicum consisting of 180 hours of training in the on campus laboratory is required for program completion.