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Ophthalmic Dispensing

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program

ASA College is only one of  two colleges in NYC that offer the program

Program Overview

The Ophthalmic Dispenser is an eye care professional who fills prescriptions for corrective eyewear in accordance with the Ophthalmologist’s or Optometrist’s determination. The Ophthalmic Dispenser combines an in-depth study of optics and anatomy with fitting and dispensing knowledge and fabrication skills to ensure that each patient receives a properly fitting pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

The program prepares the student for national certifying examinations given by the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. Certification and graduation establish eligibility for entrance to the New York State Professional Licensing Examination for the Ophthalmic Dispensing.

On campus laboratories and a dispensary simulate optical industry facilities. Students train on current instrumentation and machinery, gaining competence in all aspects of Ophthalmic Dispensing from fabrication to the dispensing of the finished product. A clinical internship/externship provides patient contact and dispensing experience.

Dispensary Simulate Optical Facility

Program Mission

The program in Ophthalmic Dispensing is dedicated to providing quality foundational education for entry-level ophthalmic
dispensers and contact lens practitioners.

Program Goals

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current technology, procedures, and practices of Ophthalmic Dispensing ;
  • Display knowledge and understanding of the professional ethics of the practice of Ophthalmic Dispensing ;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of acceptable environmental health and safety procedures;
  • Exhibit understanding of the principles of refraction;
  • Participate in the elimination of hazardous waste and reduction of non-hazardous waste to optimal economic and technical levels and assure compliance with all environmental regulations;
  • Successfully complete national certifying examination given by the American Board of Opticianry and the national Contact Lens Examiners;
  • Become licensed Ophthalmic Dispensers;
  • Secure professional employment;
  • Be encouraged to seek positions of leadership in management and ownership.

Required Professional Courses

Ophthalmic Dispensing IOphthalmic Dispensing III with Laboratory
Fabrication Laboratory IFabrication Laboratory III
Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the EyeOphthalmic Optics
Ophthalmic Dispensing IIContact Lenses II
Fabrication Laboratory IIPrinciples of Refraction
Geometric OpticsContact Lenses III
Contact Lenses IOphthalmic Dispensing Internship/Externship (Capstone)



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¹Effective Monday, April 13th, the following guidelines apply to student laptop distribution at all ASA Campuses for the Summer 2020 semester only:

    • Full-time and part-time active students are eligible to receive a free laptop if they register for the Summer 2020 semester.*  
    • This extends to students in all programs including those enrolled in ESL, as well as international students.**
Please note that students with a balance must contact the Student Accounts Department prior to becoming eligible for a free laptop for the summer semester.  Also, if you have already received and/or purchased a laptop from ASA, then you are not eligible for another one.
* If a student registering for the summer semester drops prior to completion of the fourth week of said term, the student will be assessed a product charge on his/her student account for the laptop.
**Students in an extended enrollment or non-matriculated status, as well as ability-to-benefit students solely enrolled for six credit hours as a part of career pathways, do not qualify for a free laptop.  These students do have the option of purchasing the product for $275.
2You may graduate in 16 months from an associate degree program if no remedial classes are required