Vision Care Technology, Associate in Science

The Goodwin College Vision Care Technology (VCT) Associates Degree Program is designed to prepare ophthalmic professionals for a rewarding career in the eyecare field. A Licensed Optician may be employed as an independent business owner, contact lens practitioner, optical laboratory technician, ophthalmic sales representative, optical industry business professional, wholesale laboratory professional, or as a manager of an ophthalmology or optometric practice. Ophthalmic science professionals work at independent optical shops, private ophthalmology offices, private optometric offices, optical laboratories, retail/high fashion optical boutiques and corporate or chain conglomerates.

In addition to ten VCT courses, the program requires a supervised clinical externship and a core of General Education courses for a total of 62 credits. The externship will typically take place at the student’s place of employment or at an externship site. Goodwin College will provide placement assistance when appropriate to ensure students develop practical skills for both eyewear dispensing and contact lens fitting, as required for licensure. A state-of-the-art training store allows students to perfect their skills in a supervised setting. Important topics such as practice management, the role of fashion in eyewear, and ethical issues are addressed to create a lively and thought-provoking educational experience.

Accreditation

Students will be prepared to sit for both the American Board of Opticianry’s (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE). 6506 Loisdale Road - Suite 209, Springfield, VA 22150 Toll Free: 1-800-296-1379 Office: (703) 719-5800 Fax: 703-719-9144. http://www.abo-ncle.org/

In order for students to be eligible to take the state exam to be a licensed Optician in Connecticut, candidates must pass both the ABO and the NCLE and graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) and approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians.

The Vision Care Technology program is approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians and is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation. Debra White, Director of Accreditation PO Box 592 Canton, NY 13617 Phone: 703.468.0566 Fax: 888.306.9036 Email: director@COAccreditation.com

Admission Requirements

The specific admission requirements are outlined below. Goodwin College Vision Care Technology Program has a strong focus in math, science and interpersonal relationship skills. It is important to note that not all qualified candidates can be offered admission to the Vision Care Technology Program due to the limited number of places available. Admission is based upon completion of Vision Care Technology prerequisites and other requirements. Candidates will be accepted based on the following outlined requirements listed below and the outlined Point System.

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College if not already a student at Goodwin. Applicants to the Vision Care Technology Program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  2. Current Goodwin College students and transfer students, must have a minimum college GPA of 2.7.
  3. Date of application submission and points obtained in the Selection Point System will dictate the class roster’s placement order. Twenty (20) students are accepted each fall semester.
  4. Completion of all prerequisite courses. 
  5. Completion of Math 1XX - Intermediate Algebra or above with a grade of "C" or better.
  6. Completion of English 101 - English Composition with a passing grade or better.
  7. Completion of a science elective - Biology, Chemistry or Science with a grade of "C" or better.

Point System

Vision Care Technology students who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system specified below.

Previous College Education Score
Associate Degree (60 Credits) 2
Bachelor's Degree 3
Master's Degree 4
Completion of Courses at Goodwin College
1 course 1
2 courses 2
3 courses 3
4 courses 4
5 courses 5
6 courses 6
7 courses 7
Cumulative GPA
2.7-3.0 1
3.1-3.5 2
3.6-4.0 3
Admission Essay
<75-80 1
81-89 2
90-100 3
Interview
6-12 1
13-23 2
24-30 3
Total Possible Points 20

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Be qualified as a candidate for various certification and licensure examinations, i.e. ABO American Board of Opticianry, NCLE National Contact Lens Examination, and eventual eligibility to sit for the Connecticut State Board Practical Examination and Jurisprudence Examination.
  2. Deliver the highest technical and ethical standard of care as a healthcare practitioner in the field of opticianry.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use optical instruments, equipment, materials, procedures and techniques to industry standards in the design, fitting and dispensing of contact lenses.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use optical instruments and tools, materials, procedures and techniques to industry standards in the fitting, fabrication and dispensing of eyewear.
  5. Demonstrate the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver competent patient care as evidenced by successful completion of a 150-hour clinical field experience with a diverse and varied patient population.
  6. Value patient confidentiality and patient rights according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Vision Care Technology Program Policies

Policies specific to the Vision Care Technology program may be found in the Vision Care Technology Student Handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the Vision Care Technology program policies and sign the included form, which indicates an understanding of the policies of the program. A copy of this form will be placed in the student's records.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate degree graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete all Vision Care Technology core courses with a minimum grade of "C".

Curriculum

Associate in Vision Care Technology

General Education Core - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

Science (BIO, CHEM, SCI)

3-4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

OPEN Elective

3

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.


Vision Care Technology Major Core Requirements - 38 Credits

Semester One

VCT 101Introduction to Ophthalmic Science

3

VCT 103Ophthalmic Fabrication I

3

VCT 102Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Eye for the Optician

3

Semester Two

VCT 106Contact Lens Theory I

3

VCT 203Ophthalmic Fabrication II

4

Semester Three

VCT 105Ophthalmic Dispensing I

3

VCT 206Contact Lens Theory II

3

Semester Four

VCT 204Contact Lens Theory and Application

3

VCT 205Ophthalmic Dispensing II

4

Semester Five

VCT 201Ophthalmic Science Synthesis

3

VCT 202Supervised Clinical Experience

3

VCT 208Ophthalmic Practice Management

3