Vision Care Technology

Vision Care Technology Department Menu


259 Adams Street
Pearl Bldg 312 (P-312)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5298

Ophthalmic Dispensing/AAS

The Vision Care Technology Department prepares a student for a career in vision care. Successful completion of the degree qualifies graduates for the New York State licensing examination for ophthalmic dispensers and makes them eligible to take the New York State examination for certification as a contact lens fitter.

The ophthalmic dispenser/optician combines knowledge of scientific and clinical procedures with skills and the ability to work well with patients in the fitting and adapting of lenses and devices that aid in providing comfortable and efficient vision and in correcting ocular deficiencies.

The ophthalmic dispenser measures, adapts and fits eyeglasses to the face and, when further certified as a contact lens fitter, also fits and adapts contact lenses to the eyes for the correction of visual and ocular anomalies. The curriculum in ophthalmic dispensing represents a carefully planned balance of theory and clinical practice in all aspects of the profession.

A graduate of the program may become the proprietor of an ophthalmic dispensing firm or may secure a position as an ophthalmic dispenser, contact lens fitter, an ophthalmic assistant, an ophthalmic sales representative or an optical research technician. Among the employers of the graduates of this program are independent opticians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, HMO’s, eye and ear hospitals, wholesale/retail optical establishments and national and international corporations.

Approximate Additional Costs

Malpractice insurance fee $15
New York State licensure registration fee $108
Ophthalmic Dispensing Practical $525
Contact Lens Practical $150
National licensure fee (ABO) $225
National licensure fee (NCLE) $225
Optical tool kit $235
All required textbooks (purchased over four semesters) $500
Lab coat, department insignia, safety glasses $60

The College will grant an associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing upon satisfactory completion of the required 62 credits listed. All candidates for graduation must be certified as computer literate. In addition, graduates of the program are eligible to pursue a baccalaureate degree in health services administration.

Criteria for Admission into the Vision Care Technology Curriculum

Admission to the College and to the Vision Care Technology program requires a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students who have attended other colleges are welcome to apply as transfer students.

Students who wish to transfer into Vision Care Technology from other curricula within the College or CUNY will be accepted into the program after they have satisfactorily met prerequisite requirements.

After demonstrating CUNY proficiency, students may be admitted to the Vision Care Technology Department as space permits. Transfer students will be accommodated if they are CUNY proficient in mathematics and have a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher, provided there are places remaining in the first semester of the program. If the number of students meeting the stated criteria exceeds the available places in the program, seats will be allocated on the basis of the highest cumulative academic average.

Vision Care Technology Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Vision Care Technology program:

  1. Possess the academic, technical and clinical skills to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of an eyecare professional/ophthalmic dispenser (optician)
  2. Function well in a variety of eyecare work environments
  3. Communicate clearly in written and oral presentation
  4. Understand the ethical responsibilities and implications of one’s work and personal actions
  5. Apply problem–solving techniques to the workplace
  6. Provide ophthalmic dispensing eyecare professionals with a broad educational background to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public

Progression in and Graduation from Vision Care Technology

A minimum grade of “C” in each course designated with the prefix VCT will be required for progression in and graduation from the Vision Care Technology program. Special conditions of equipment and faculty availability govern the repeating of vision care technology courses; course repetition will be permitted only after all students meeting the entrance requirements have been allotted seats.

No vision care technology course may be repeated more than once. In addition:

  • No more than two vision care technology courses may be repeated during the entire course of study.
  • A student may not fail more than one course in any one semester.
  • If a student fails to meet any of these provisions, he/she will be required to withdraw from the Vision Care Technology Department.

Additional information is available in the vision care technology student handbook.




English Composition (1 or 2 courses, 3 or 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 4 credits)

MAT 1275 College Algebra and Trigonometry or higher2 3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4 credits)

BIO 1101 Biology I 3


Select one course each from three of the following areas 9

World Cultures and Global Issues

US Experience in its Diversity

Individual and Society

Creative Expression

Scientific World

Writing Intensive Requirement3

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

VCT 1101 Ophthalmic Materials and Laboratory I 3
VCT 1105 Principles of Optics 3
VCT 1201 Ophthalmic Materials and Laboratory II 3
VCT 1202 Ophthalmic Business Practices 3
VCT 1213 Ophthalmic Dispensing I 3
VCT 1222 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye 3
VCT 1237 Contact Lenses I 3
VCT 2311 Ophthalmic Materials and Laboratory III 3
VCT 2315 Introduction to Principles of Refraction 3
VCT 2316 Ophthalmic Dispensing Clinic I 1
VCT 2327 Contact Lenses II 3
VCT 2333 Ophthalmic Dispensing II 3
VCT 2444 Ophthalmic Dispensing III 3
VCT 2416 Ophthalmic Dispensing Clinic II 2
VCT 2427 Contact Lenses III 3
BIO 1101 Biology I Met as GenEd
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
MAT 1275 or higher College Algebra and Trigonometry Met as GenEd

* Courses that may have been required for associate degree

1 Students without the requisite math background to enter MAT 1275 will be required to take MAT 1175 in preparation. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4.

2 Associate degree requires 12 credits from any 4 groups.

3 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

4 LAW 1202 is a potential course substitute for LAW 2306