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How would you like to take a 10-week Introduction to Opticianry & ABO Test Prep course to prepare you for a job that earns close to $21 per hour?  

The State of Oregon Employment Department reports that in 2019, Dispensing Opticians in Oregon are paid an average of $20.89 hour, with a median wage of $18.91 an hour. Learn more here. 

What is an Optician?
An optician, or dispensing optician, is the employee you meet when consulting for eyewear. This is the person fitting and dispensing glasses or contact lenses for corrective vision. The Optician ABO exam is a test you take to become nationally certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) - a national professional organization dedicated to certifying opticians.

Prepare for the Optician ABO Exam.
The Institute for Health Professionals’ Dispensing Optician program consists of online live lecture, and onsite lab hours that will prepare you to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam. You can complete the program in one term. On the last day of class we’ll arrange a visit from local business owners and you will personally hand off a physical copy of your resume to them.

About the Instructor.
Andrew S. Bruce began his optical career in his home country of England, before immigrating into the United States in 1987. He is an advanced level approved speaker for The American Board of Opticianry Continuing Education Programs. His educational papers in his field of expertise have been published in the USA and Europe. His Masters thesis was also translated into Arabic for publication in Kuwait’s “Eyezone.” Bruce is also an approved speaker for both The American Optometric Association CPC Continuing Education, and The National Contact Lens Examiners. His written works are used as instructional and reference materials by Highline Community College’s Dispensing Optician Program. He is a regular contributing writer for Jobson Publications, and has written Continuing Education programs for both The National Academy of Opticianry and The Opticians Association of Washington. ​He is currently the Practice Manager and Licensed Master Optician for a private Optometric practice in Battle Ground, Washington.­ When he isn’t instructing, he is practicing photography and training for marathons.


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Questions? Contact Bem Hanamoto.