Program Information

Program Descriptions

The Ophthalmic Science Department of Camden County College welcomed its first class in the Fall of 1972. Since that time, more than one thousand students have received superior training in our optical programs. Current enrollment is approximately 100 students.


Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program

The Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program at Camden County College plays a vital role in health services related to vision care. The central purpose of the Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program is to develop graduates who are intellectually, morally, emotionally and socially prepared to contribute to patients and doctors of ophthalmic practices in our community.


The Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program is a ten-month program consisting of 32 credit hours of courses designed to develop Ophthalmic Medical Technicians qualified to assume the duties assigned to them by ophthalmologists.


The Ophthalmic Medical Technician program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel.


Program Coordinator

Patrick B. Goughary, MA, FCLSA, ABOM

(856) 374-5058 

Office: Madison 314H


Currently, there are two programs that provide opticianry courses: the Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Program, and the Ophthalmic Dispensing Apprentice Program.


Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Program


The Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Program provides full time instruction over a two- year period. Successful completion of the program earns students the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing.



The program has as its central purpose to develop its student such that upon graduation they are intellectually, morally, emotionally, and socially prepared for active participation in the profession of Opticianry.


The degree program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), which assures that graduates are allowed to seek licensure and work in any state that recognizes this accreditation. Students who complete the program are also eligible to sit for the New Jersey State Board Exams to become a licensed optician, after working only four months as an optician trainee. This program also prepares candidates to achieve national certifications in opticianry and contact lens fitting, as awarded by the American Board of Opticians (ABO), and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).


Program Director

Daniel G. Banks


Office: CIM 116


Accrediting Organization

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation 

PO Box 592, Canton NY 13617