Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the only college in Massachusetts to offer degree programs in Opticianry. Graduates qualify for positions involving eyewear and contact lens design and dispensing, optical laboratory finishing and management, optical business management or independent ownership. There is tremendous demand for opticians across the nation. Graduates work in medical offices, optical boutiques, optical chains, and independent shops. Many graduates seek advanced degrees and/or certification related to business, management, ophthalmic technology, and healthcare management.
Associate of Science in Opticianry
What will you learn?
How to design, fit and dispense glasses and contact lenses
How to operate all forms of ophthalmic instrumentation
How to inspect eyewear for precision, proper fit, and aesthetics
How to evaluate and troubleshoot optical patients' concerns
How to prepare for local, state and national licensing
In Massachusetts, a state which is a national leader in healthcare and technology, optician salaries are among the highest in the country.
Jobs for opticians are projected to grow 23% in the next decade
The average starting salary for licensed MA opticians is $48,000 per year
Approximately 95% of Opticianry grads land jobs in their field
85% of Opticianry students pass the NCLE Exam
Opticians in MA earn 20% more than the national average
Your Pathway to Success
Founded in 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is one of New England’s oldest colleges of technology. Started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin, and a matching gift from Andrew Carnegie, the private non-profit college offers an affordable education for people seeking technical careers.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose BFIT
Our students earn the highest salary after attending compared to students from all two-year private colleges in the state (excluding nursing). *Source: U.S. Dept. of Education's College Scorecard
BFIT is one of the most affordable private, non-profit colleges in Massachusetts, and more affordable than all for-profit technical schools in the state. Our tuition costs less than half of the average tuition at 4-year non-profit colleges in Massachusetts.
With an average class size of just 13 students, students receive individualized attention and thrive in our tight-knit community. Our graduation rate is double the national average for two-year colleges and almost three times the MA average
A college degree and hands-on training set BFITgrads apart in the job market. Most of our grads land jobs in their field or continue their education, and some programs have 80% -90% job placement rates.
We partner with industry leaders to ensure that our programs prepare students with the right skills for today's jobs. Close employer connections lead to internships, job-shadowing, and careers for our graduates. Over 60 companies attend our annual career fair.