Optician Professional Development

Michigan College of Optometry

Advanced Practical Training for Opticians
Click Here for April 6-7, 2018 Registration
Click Here for September 7-8, 2018 Registration

The Michigan College of Optometry of Ferris State University, in its ongoing role of supporting the educational needs of eyecare professionals, announces the offering of the course, Advanced Practical Training for Opticians.

This course is being held as a response to the overwhelming requests for an additional training event focused upon more advanced Opticianry skills.  There will be a limit of 20 attendees per event to ensure maximum interaction with our expert instructors.

The advanced training program is designed for those who have had extensive experience in the optical field and a good understanding of the science of optics and ophthalmic lenses.  The attendee should possess a working knowledge of progressive addition lenses, refractive index, base curves, slab-off, ophthalmic lens materials (plastic, polycarbonate, high index material, etc.) in order to maximize learning.  If the attendee does not have these prerequisites, they should attend our Basic Practical Training for Opticians course which introduces the basic foundation for working in the optical field. 

Course Content

  • Advanced Progressive Lenses - 2 hours (ABO Level III)
  • Advanced Lensometry - 2 hours (ABO Level III)
  • Geometric Optics - 1 hour (ABO Level III)
  • Computer Lenses - 1 hour (ABO Level III)
  • Prism In Lenses - 2 hours (ABO Level II)
  • Frame Repairs - 1 hour (ABO Level II)
  • Spectacle Fitting & Adjustments - 1 hour (ABO Level II)
  • Troubleshooting Spectacles - 1 hour (ABO Level II)
  • Understanding Lenses - 1 hour (ABO Level II)

Friday, April 6, 2018: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018: 8 am - 12 pm

Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University
1124 South State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
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$495 per attendee/course, which includes 12 hours of instruction, handout materials pertaining to area of instruction, continental breakfast and lunch each day, and an evening dinner event.

Lodging is not included in the course registration fee. Available lodging options in Big Rapids, Michigan include:

Course Instructors

James Brady

James (Jamie) Brady, ABOC, MEd
James is a graduate of the Ferris State University Opticianry Program. With 37 years of experience in the optical field, he currently teaches ophthalmic optics to the optometry students at the Michigan College of Optometry at FSU. Jamie often lectures on optician topics on a national basis.

Photo of Tracy Dard-Instructor

Tracy Dard, ABOC, NCLEC
Since Tracy received an Optician's Degree from Ferris State University, she has worked in private practices and an educational environment. Both ABO and NCLE certified, she often lectures on opticianry related topics. Currently, she manages the dispensary and fabrication lab at the Michigan College of Optometry. 


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