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Unlocking Your Career: Optician Assistant Training at PCC

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 13, 2023

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In bustling Portland, a promising career awaits in the field of Optician Assistance. At PCC, you can kickstart your journey with just one term in our Optician Assistant Training program. By the program's end, you can even hand your resume to a potential employer.

Why Choose PCC's Optician Assistant Training?

Our program paves the way for you to become a proficient Optician Assistant. These professionals play a pivotal role in the eyeglass and contact lens fulfillment process. They assist patients in selecting the right frames and accurately fill prescriptions issued by ophthalmologists or optometrists. Optician Assistants possess a keen eye for glasses that enhance appearance, fit comfortably, and cater to various face shapes. Precision in measuring and fitting is their forte. If you have prior experience in clothing retail, this training offers a logical transition to a fulfilling, rewarding, and potentially lucrative career.

Optician Assistants are also responsible for eyewear fitting and repair, using specialized tools to ensure glasses are as comfortable and functional as possible. This role necessitates a deep understanding of the technology and materials used in crafting lenses and frames, ensuring the durability of eyewear, including various lens coatings and types.

Program Duration and Licensing

Unlike some states, Oregon does not require special licensing for dispensing opticians. Completing our 10-week program makes you eligible for an entry-level career in the field. You'll enjoy the opportunity to earn above-average wages, a great incentive for pursuing this diverse career path.

Distinguishing Opticians from Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

While these professions may seem similar, they are distinct in their roles. Optometrists and ophthalmologists are doctors who diagnose and, in the case of ophthalmologists, perform medical and surgical eye procedures. These careers demand extensive education and training. Opticians, on the other hand, focus on fulfilling eyewear prescriptions and ensuring clients' comfort, rather than diagnosing or treating eye conditions. They are experts in making eyeglasses work seamlessly for clients, bridging the gap between prescription and practicality.

Earnings and Career Outlook

With a median wage of $18.91 per hour in Oregon, the field of Optician Assistance offers a promising career outlook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates steady growth in this field, which may be further boosted by the recent surge in demand due to the pandemic-related halt to in-person training.

Join Our Optician Assistant Training Program

Portland Community College's 10-week Optician Assistant Training equips you with the knowledge and skills needed for success in this field. Our comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of essential topics, including optical principles, frame measurements, ocular anatomy, lens dispensing, and more. By the program's end, you'll be well-prepared to embark on a fulfilling career as an Optician Assistant.

Don't miss this opportunity to launch a career path that celebrates diversity, aids others, and leverages your strengths. Portland Community College is dedicated to providing accessible, convenient coursework for entry-level health careers and various other fields with positive job prospects. Discover more about our Optician Assistant Training program today at https://www.pcc.edu/professional/health/entry/optician-training/.

Explore the Optician Assitant Training Program


Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, institute for health professionals, Optician ABO

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