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Janet Alspaugh
White (Building 1), room 130A
919-536-7200, ext. 8106

Admissions Questions

Theodore Johnson
Admissions Counselor
919-536-7200, ext. 1119

* This program is financial aid eligible.


Long Term

The Opticianry curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to adapt and fit corrective eyewear or ophthalmic devices as prescribed by the ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Students will acquire competencies in all phases of opticianry, including analysis and interpretation of prescriptions; surfacing, benchwork, dispensing, and fitting of eyewear and ophthalmic devices; maintenance of consumer records; effective communication with consumers; and business management skills.

Graduates will qualify to take certification examinations given by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, and the North Carolina State Board of Opticians, as well as other state licensing boards.

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 program and licensure outcomes, and course participation. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus Optical Shop.

How to Apply:

Program applications are accepted February 1– July 15.

  1. View the Admissions Checklist.
  2. Use the green button below to apply to Durham Tech following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps. Once course placement requirements are met,
  3. Apply to the Opticianry program using the program application form. Submit program applications electronically to Admissions, Registration, and Records (not Health and Wellness). Drop off locations are also listed on the Electronic Document Submission web page.
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Fall Application Deadline is Jul 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Main Campus, Online

Minimum Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MAT-121 Algebra/Trigonometry I 3
OPH-131 Optical Dispensing I 3
OPH-141 Optical Theory I 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)

University Transfer

headshot of Enzo Anchetta

“I really like how challenging the Opticianry Program is at Durham Tech. This field is something there will always be a need for. No matter how fast technology advances, there’s going to be someone behind the machines that needs to understand how things work and I look forward to fulfilling that role as a licensed optician.”

—Enzo Anchetta