Essex County College

303 University Ave.

Newark, New Jersey  07102

(973) 877-3367

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Why major in Vision Care Technology? The program introduces students to the field of opticianry. Students receive training in the laboratory techniques of measuring and grinding eyeglasses to prescription, and in fitting and final adaptation of eyewear. The curriculum also prepares students for the business administration functions of the profession and to pass the state licensing examination for Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Dispenser. To be successful in the field, you must combine scientific and clinical skills with the ability to work well with patients. Job opportunities include owning, or working in a retail optical dispensary, or sales and marketing of ophthalmic materials. Employment prospects are increasing in the profession with the growth in the elderly population and the trend toward high fashion eyewear. The program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA).

A. A. S. (Associate of Applied Science)

Program Director: Richard Palumbo

Office Phone: 973-877-3367


Additional Staff Members

Michael Della Pesca

Office Phone: 973-728-4372