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PR # 218 April 29, 2009

RVCC TO OFFER NEW OPTICAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will be expanding its optical program offerings next fall. The College currently offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Ophthalmic Science (opticianry). Beginning in the Fall 2009 Semester, RVCC also will offer an Ophthalmic Science Certificate program. The 37-credit program will work concurrently with the state-sponsored, three-year apprenticeship program that the State Board of Ophthalmic Dispensers requires for board licensure eligibility.

Upon completion of the three-year apprenticeship and the 37 credits, students will be eligible for the licensure examinations to become opticians. This program is ideal for students who need to have an income while they are pursuing their higher education.

The Ophthalmic Science Certificate program will include courses in anatomy and physiology of the eye, contact lenses, eyeglass fabrication, geometric optics, and the fitting and adjusting of eyewear, as well as general education courses. Program graduates are qualified to work for private and corporate optical chains, optometrists and ophthalmologists. Opportunities for graduates are also available in companies that manufacture lenses, eyeglass frames and optical equipment.

Beginning in the Fall 2009 Semester, RVCC also will offer an Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician Certificate of Completion program. The 15-credit certificate of completion works in conjunction with a one-year apprenticeship program. At the completion of the one year and the 15 credits, students are eligible for the licensure examination to become licensed ophthalmic technicians. These students work primarily in optical laboratories preparing prescription eyewear for opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Each optical program fits seamlessly into the next optical program. For instance, students could begin with the Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician Certificate of Completion program. Once completed, they could continue with the Ophthalmic Science Certificate and ultimately, complete the AAS in Ophthalmic Science degree with all of the previous credits applying to the new program.

For additional information about ophthalmic science programs at RVCC, contact Dr. Brian A. Thomas, 908-526-1200, ext. 8277.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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