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Home Academics Optical Technology Program Details Contact Lens Technician Certificate

This is the second certificate in the Optical Technology series and has common courses with the entry-level Optical Technician certificate. The Contact Lens Technician Program is an 18 unit academic certificate that prepares students for occupations in visual technology services. Four units from the first certificate count toward this certificate. The certificate includes online classroom instruction, in-person laboratory practice, and an internship in a vision services or retail opticianry business where students will assess patients and provide contact lens fitting services. Skills that will be learned include contact lens fitting and adjustment, manufacturing of lenses, and business concepts for optical services. This program is designed to be a full-time or part-time certificate that is 75% online. This certificate will lead to industry certification for contact lens technician.


After successful completion of the Contact Lens certificate, the student is eligible to take the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Examination and upon passing becomes a certified contact lens technician. This evidence of competence is recognized throughout the United States.

In addition, graduates will be able to apply for registration as a Registered Contact Lens Dispenser with the California State Board of Optometry.

A Live Scan Background check is required in order to apply to become registered.

Cost of Attendance (COA)

Students who meet certain requirements are eligible for tuition fee waivers. Applicants are encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance before entering the program.

Cost of Attendance – Contact Lens Technician
Expense Details Cost
Tuition $46.00/unit for 18 units $828.00
Student Fees Parking, student representation fee, Health Services fee, Universal Transit Pass fee for 2 semesters 89.00

Cost of textbooks if purchased new


Lab coat/uniform, special supplies, transportation to internship

Approximate Total $1,617.00