Program Overview

Optical Apprentice Certificate

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*This program is financial aid eligible.
The Optical Apprentice curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements of the North Carolina Board of Opticians for opticianry apprentices.

Course work includes the competencies necessary to analyze and interpret prescriptions and to accurately fit and dispense eyewear and contact lenses.

Graduates should qualify for the academic requirements of the apprenticeship program. Upon completion of all requirements of the apprenticeship program, graduates should be eligible to sit for the North Carolina State Board of Opticians licensing examination.

Recent North Carolina State Board of Opticians Licensure exam results show that students who complete the Associate Degree in Opticianry are twice as likely to pass the exam on the first attempt.

The Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Opticians.

View more information about the program and licensure pass rates, and course participation. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus Optical Shop.

Review the Admissions Checklist and Admissions Application. If you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the above information, you may contact Anna-Wade Banks.

Next Application Deadline is Nov 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus, Online

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

16 months
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Licensure Pass Rate


Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
OPH-131 Optical Dispensing I 3
OPH-141 Optical Theory I 3