Optical Apprentice Certificate
Course work includes the competencies necessary to analyze and interpret prescriptions and to accurately fit and dispense eyewear and contact lenses.
Graduates should qualify for the academic requirements of the apprenticeship program. Upon completion of all requirements of the apprenticeship program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the North Carolina State Board of Opticians licensing examination.
The Opticianry program is accredited by the and approved by the .
View more information about the program and licensure outcomes, course participation, and the program's mission, goal, and objectives. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus Optical Shop.
- North Carolina Residents
- The six-course certificate is completed 100 percent online and spans the duration of the studentâ€™s Apprenticeship.
- Students who intend to sit for the NC Licensure Exam must register as an apprentice with the NC State Board of Opticians to meet the exam eligibility requirements. Yearly renewal of Apprenticeship is required by the State Board.
- The State Board Apprenticeship program is 2.5 years long and the ²Ê¿â±¦µäapp certificate program is 1.5 years long. Students should begin the admissions process shortly after Apprenticeship registration and begin taking certificate courses within 6 to 12 months of Apprenticeship.
- Apprenticeship requires students to be employed full time at a location that is registered as a training site by the NC State Board of Opticians.
- If place of employment is not a State Board registered training site, the business must register with the state before training can begin.
- ²Ê¿â±¦µäapp strongly recommends students work under the direct supervision of a licensed Optician at their training establishment, however students may work under the supervision of a Doctor of Optometry or an Ophthalmologist.
- There is no direct connection between ²Ê¿â±¦µäapp, the State Board, and registered training facilities. On-the-job training, requirements, and outlines for training facilities are handled through the NC State Board of Opticians.
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- Non-North Carolina Residents
- The six-course certificate is completed 100 percent online.
- The program may be completed for educational purposes only or as an option for education mandated by the specific State Licensure Board.
- Students applying for licensure within their state should contact their specific State Board to ensure this program meets their stateâ€™s requirements.
- Students are not required to be registered as an Apprentice with the NC State Board of Opticians as they will not be sitting for the NC Licensure Exam.
How to Apply
Program applications are accepted July 15 for a Fall start or December 1 for a Spring start.
- Before you Apply
View the Admissions Checklist. Attend an information session (recommended). They are listed in the Upcoming Events section below.
- Apply to the College
New students who are not currently enrolled at ²Ê¿â±¦µäapp should apply to the College using the Health and Wellness Enrollment Steps.
- Apply to the Program
Once prerequisites are completed, apply to the Optical Apprentice program during the application period using the online .