Opticianry Program Overview

Seattle Central offers the only accredited associate degree program in Opticianry on the West Coast. In just two years, a student can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Opticianry and join a profession that offers solid career opportunities.


Hands–On Optical Training in a Retail Shop

Campus Optical at Seattle CentralOur Optical students receive hands–on training to learn how to help others see more clearly. Graduates will be qualified to work directly with customers in a professional setting. Learn how to fill prescriptions, fabricate lenses, maintain records, order supplies, and submit insurance claims.

To help prepare students for the marketing side of the business, our Opticianry program operates a retail store on campus that is also open to the public.


A.A.S. Degree, 127 Credits, 46 in related instruction, 81 in major

Students can begin the Opticianry program in the fall and winter quarters only; work on related instruction can begin any quarter.


Positive Job Growth

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be a 29 percent job growth rate in this profession by 2020. Seattle Central graduates immediately move into positions in both the clinical and retail sectors. It is a portable career that will follow the Central graduate wherever he/she goes.


Careers in Opticianry

Many graduates work for ophthalmologists or optometrists who sell eyewear directly to patients. Others work for optical stores and retail outlets where clients receive eye exams, select frames and wait for glasses to be made on the premises. Some have opened their own retail establishments. According to a salary tracking online service, opticians make a comfortable living wage in Washington State.


Optical Graduates

  • Sit for the Washington State Licensing examination, required to practice in Washington State.
  • Are qualified to work as licensed dispensing opticians or sales representatives in the eye care field.

Areas of Study

  • Ophthalmic theory
  • Ocular anatomy & physiology
  • Contact lens technology
  • Bench work procedures
  • Psychology of human relations
  • Personnel management
  • Ophthalmic dispensing

For more Information:

The School of Opticianry
Allied Health Division
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3210
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.4347 206.934.4347

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