Academic Programs

Optometric Technician Certificate

Please note: This program is not currently accepting new enrollments.

Vision care is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and you could be part of it by earning an Optometric Technician Certificate.

This accelerated, 9-month Optometric Technician Certificate program prepares students to join the burgeoning healthcare industry. Would you like to work in a professional setting… assist patients in receiving proper care… and work directly with an eye-care specialist, such as an optician or optometrist? If so, this career-changing program is for you.

What You Will Learn

The Optometric Technician Certificate program will teach you how to…

  • Gather an eye health history from patients
  • Prepare patients for examination by the doctor
  • Perform various visual assessments
  • Educate patients regarding contact lens care
  • Evaluate fit and the style of eyeglasses
  • Assist in eye examinations

A New, 9-Month Certificate Program

  • 9 months
  • 18 credits
  • Evening courses at the Summerdale campus
  • Daytime internship during last term
  • Professional career

Vision Benefits of America Opportunity Scholarship

Ask about our $1,000 scholarship opportunity that is being provided by Vision Benefits of America to students in Central Penn College’s Optometric Technician Certificate program.

Contact or visit our scholarships page for more information!


Basic Optometric Science
Basic Optometric Clinical Skills I
Basic Optometric Clinical Skills II
Optometric Technology and Procedures
Ethical Practice in Optometry
Ophthalmic Clinical Practicum

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Careers you can pursue

  • Optometric Technician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Ophthalmic Assistant

You will succeed if you are...

  • Detail-oriented
  • Customer-friendly
  • Thorough
  • Efficient
  • Problem-solver
  • Compassionate
  • Collaborative
  • Strong communicator


90.5% of our graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

* Based on graduates whom we have information during a one-year period from 2021-22. It should be noted that 97.1% of graduates were employed in some capcity or continuing their education.

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