Some schools with optometry technician programs that can be considered popular include Madison Area Technical College, Indiana University School of Optometry, Manatee Technical Institute and Kaiser Permanente Northwest, states the American Optometric Association. Depending on the program, students have the option to receive an associate degree or certificate as an optometry technician.
Madison Area Technical College has been offering a program in optometric technology for more than 30 years. Students who complete the program receive a technical diploma. As of 2015, the school offers both a classroom program and an online program. The online program is a part-time, four semester program for students who already have some experience in eye care. The classroom program is a full-time program that is completed in nine months. It is suitable for students with no eye care experience.
Students interested in an Associate of Science degree in Optometric Technology may wish to considered Indiana University School of Optometry's assistant program. The is a two year program that includes both coursework and clinical experience. The school has an optical laboratory on-site where students can learn how to fill lens prescriptions.
Other schools for those interested in a career as an optometry technician include Miami Valley Career Technology Center, McFatter Technical Center, United States Army Medical Center & School and Traviss Technical Center, notes the American Optometric Association.