North Carolina State Opticians Board Exam

Administered in March and September every year

This board is a nine-part examination.  The successful candidate must earn a 70 or better on each individual part within a period of three (3) years.

Parts of the board examination:
 
 

SECTIONS OF THE BOARDS
links are to outlines of the material tested
TIME/
QUESTIONS 
SUBSTITUTION  Durham Technical Community College Certificate
course containing some of the material 
Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
  OPH 121 Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye
Contact Lens Practical
instrumentation and  slide identification
1 hour for 10 instrumentation questions and 20 slides.   OPH 261-262 (degree only) 
Contact Lens Written 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
NCLE if taken within 3 years of sitting for boards the current time. OPH 260 Contact Lenses (apprentice certificate)
or
OPH 261-262 (degree only)
Laboratory Practical 1 hour/ 
  40 questions
   
Measurements of the Face 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
  OPH 131  Dispensing I &  OPH 102  Lab Concepts (apprentice certificate)
or
OPH 131 Dispensing I & OPH 111 Ophthalmic Laboratory I (degree only)
Ophthalmic Lenses 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
ABO if taken within 3 years of sitting for boards the current time. OPH 131  Dispensing I &  OPH 102  Lab Concepts (apprentice certificate)
or
OPH 131 Dispensing I & OPH 111 Ophthalmic Laboratory I (degree only)
Rx Interpretation 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
ABO if taken within 3 years of sitting for boards the current time. OPH 102  Lab Concepts &  OPH 141  Theory I (apprentice certificate)
or
 OPH 141 Theory I & OPH 111 Laboratory I (degree only)
Surfacing and Finishing 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
  OPH 102  Lab Concepts (apprentice certificate)
or
OPH 111 Ophthalmic Laboratory I & OPH 112 Ophthalmic Laboratory II (degree only)
Theory of Light 1 hour/ 
  50 questions
  OPH 141  Theory I
and 
OPH 142 Theory II (degree only)

To become a Licensed Optician in North Carolina:

For more information about the N.C. Board of Opticians, for information about registering as an apprentice in North Carolina, and for information about applying to sit for the N.C. Opticianry Boards, please contact:
Application to Durham Technical Community College's Opticianry Apprentice Certificate program does not constitute application/registration for apprenticeship with the N.C. Board of Opticians.
 
 

 Durham Tech Opticianry A.A.S. Degree through distance learning

 Durham Tech Basic Opticianry Certificate plan of study.

  The National Federation of Opticianry Schools has an excellent list of Opticianry-related resources here.