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Optical Manager

In this online course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself to become an optician and prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification —a certification that’s required by many states. You will learn how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases, as well as learn various office responsibilities within an optometrist’s office, including: bookkeeping; tracking inventory and sales; maintaining customer records (including payments and prescriptions). Upon completion this course, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician and have the skills and knowledge to advance as an optical manager in this popular and exciting medical field.

18 Months / 410 Course Hrs
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Warren County Career Center

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES175

What You Will Learn
  • Learn advanced formatting, drawing tools, create and manage tables, and work with column layouts
  • Create, edit, format, and print Microsoft Word documents
  • Learn working with tables of contents, footnotes, and endnotes, adding comments, tracking changes, comparing and combining documents, creating envelopes and labels, using Mail Merge, and protecting documents.
  • Create, modify, and format Excel worksheets, perform calculations, and print Excel workbooks.
  • Learn to use advanced Excel formulas, work with lists, work with illustrations and charts, and use advanced formatting techniques.
  • Learn to work with pivot tables, audit worksheets, work with data tools, protect documents for collaboration with others, and work with macros.
  • Account for inventory
  • Account for fixed assets and depreciation
  • Utilize purchase and sales orders
  • Locate and create a variety of reports to analyze company performance in QuickBooks
  • Set up, save, import and secure QuickBooks files
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 410 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Be qualified to obtain an entry-level position as an optician in a retail or medical setting. (Some states require ABO certification.)
  • Be prepared to take the ABO exam, if you have a high school degree or GED.
  • Be knowledgeable about ocular anatomy, eye diseases and conditions, frame styling and adjustment, eyewear selection, glasses lens and contact lens selection, prescriptions, and the equipment and mathematical formulas used in opticianry.
  • Understand basic bookkeeping and accounting concepts
  • Gain familiarity with closing the books and generating basic financial statements
  • Handle and account for cash, accounts payable and accounts receivable transactions
  • Understand how to set up a new company file in QuickBooks and learn the basic features and functionality of QuickBooks


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Lesson 1:  What Is an Optician?

Lesson 2:  The Parts of the Eye

Lesson 3:  Refractive Errors

Lesson 4:  Strabismus and Amblyopia

Lesson 5:  Other Common Ocular Conditions

Lesson 6:  Frame Basics

Lesson 7:  Frame Styling

Lesson 8:  Aligning Frames

Lesson 9:  Adjusting Frames

Lesson 10:  A Quick Look at Light

Lesson 11:  Reading a Prescription

Lesson 12:  More About Prescriptions and Lens Types

Lesson 13:  Lens Materials

Lesson 14:  Prism Basics

Lesson 15:  Fresnel Prisms

Lesson 16:  Optical Effects of Lens Curvature

Lesson 17:  Multifocal Lens Considerations

Lesson 18:  The Manual Lensometer

Lesson 19:  More About Opticianry Measurements and Calculations

Lesson 20:  Simple Math and Algebra

Lesson 21:  Soft Contact Lenses

Lesson 22:  Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses

Lesson 23:  Legal Responsibilities and Ethics

Lesson 24:  Preparing for the ABO Exam

Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018 (Software Included)
  I.   QuickBooks Basics 
    A.   Welcome to QuickBooks: Demonstrate how to set up a QuickBooks company file for a business by creating an Ace Photography QuickBooks company file.
    B.   Working with Company Files: Have a better understanding of how to work with company files in QuickBooks precisely and accurately.
    C.   Securing Your Company Files: Demonstrate how to secure company files in QuickBooks by managing users and data.
  II.    Bookkeeping Building Blocks
    A.   Bookkeeping Defined: Apply bookkeeping concepts to accounting problems.
    B.   The Journal, the Ledger, and Special Journals: Run QuickBooks reports for the general journal and the general ledger, as well as reports for subsidiary journals.
  III.   Preparing the Company File
    A.   The Chart of Accounts: Work with the Chart of Accounts in QuickBooks, including adding and changing accounts.
    B.   Company Lists: Administer various company lists in QuickBooks by adding customers and vendor.
  IV.   Cash and Fixed Asset Transactions
    A.   Bank Accounts and Cash Transactions in QuickBooks: Record bank account transactions in QuickBooks by entering cash account transactions and completing a bank reconciliation.
    B.   Fixed Assets and Depreciation in QuickBooks: Record fixed assets and depreciation in QuickBooks.
  V.   Understanding Accounts Payable
    A.   Accounts Payable I: Record bills in QuickBooks by entering various accounts payable transactions into the course.
    B.   Accounts Payable II: Produce accounts payable history and reports in QuickBooks.
  VI.   Reviewing Accounts Receivable
    A.   Accounts Receivable I: Demonstrate the invoice procedure by producing a customer invoice in QuickBooks.
    B.   Accounts Receivable II: By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to manage payments, deposits, and returned checks in QuickBooks.
    C.   Accounts Receivable III: Check for outstanding invoices and bill for the reimbursement of expenses in QuickBooks.
    D.   Batch Invoicing and Creating Letters: Produce batches of invoices and customer letters in QuickBooks.
  VII.   Managing Inventory Transactions
    A.   Introduction to Inventory and Customer Estimates: Create and revise customer estimates, and you'll practice recording and tracking inventory transactions.
    B.   List Items and Inventory in QuickBooks: Assign classes, add and edit multiple list entries, and track inventory in QuickBooks.
    C.   Ordering and Selling Inventory in QuickBooks: Order and sell inventory by creating sales and purchase orders and receiving inventory.
    D.   Vendor Discounts and Credits and Adjusting Inventory in QuickBooks: Manage vendor discounts and credits and adjust inventory in QuickBooks.
    E.   Tracking Price Levels and Customer Discounts in QuickBooks: Manage price levels and customer discounts in QuickBooks by creating price levels, discounted items, and customer discounts.
    F.   Working with Customer Balances: Learn techniques for working with customer balances in QuickBooks.
  VIII.  Closing the Books and Reporting in QuickBooks
    A.   Closing the Books and Reporting: How to close the books in QuickBooks and how to run and use important reports.
    B.   Your Career Roadmap: The Job Search and Future Opportunities: How the job market works, and you'll obtain skills to help you navigate it.
    C.   Communication: Learn basic concepts related to effective business communication.
Microsoft Word 2016
  1.      Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016
    1. Creating a Microsoft Word Document
    2. The Ribbon
    3. The File Tab
    4. The Quick Access Toolbar
    5. Formatting Microsoft Word Documents
    6. Editing Documents
    7. Finalizing Microsoft Word Documents
    8. Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016 Exam
  2. Intermediate Microsoft Word 2016
    1. Advanced Formatting
    2. Working with Tables
    3. Working with Images
    4. Page Layout
    5. Working with Illustrations
    6. Viewing Your Document(s)
    7. Intermediate Microsoft Word 2016 Exam
  3. Advanced Microsoft Word 2016
    1. Working with Long Documents
    2. Reviewing and Collaborating on Documents
    3. Comparing and Combining Documents
    4. Managing Mailings
    5. Protecting Documents
    6. Random Useful Items
    7. Advanced Microsoft Word 2016 Exam
  4. Microsoft Word 2016 Final Exam
Microsoft Excel

I.    Introduction to Microsoft Excel
        A.    Creating a Microsoft Excel Workbook
        B.    The Ribbon
        C.    The Backstage View (The File Menu)
        D.    Entering Data in Microsoft Excel Worksheets
        E.    Formatting Microsoft Excel Worksheets
        F.    Using Formulas in Microsoft Excel
        G.    Working with Rows and Columns
        H.    Editing Worksheets
        I.    Finalizing Microsoft Excel Worksheets
        J.    Microsoft Excel Features that Were New in 2013
        K.    Features New in 2016
        L.    Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016 Exam

II.    Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016
        A.    Advanced Formulas
        B.    Working with Lists
        C.    Working with Illustrations
        D.    Visualizing Your Data
        E.    Working with Tables
        F.    Advanced Formatting
        G.    Microsoft Excel Features that Were New in 2013
        H.    Features New in 2016
        I.    Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016 Exam

III.    Advanced Microsoft Excel 2016
        A.    Using Pivot Tables
        B.    Auditing Worksheets
        C.    Data Tools
        D.    Working with Others
        E.    Recording and Using Macros
        F.    Random Useful Items
        G.    Microsoft Excel Features that Were New in 2013
        H.    Advanced Microsoft Excel 2016 Exam
IV.    Microsoft Excel Final Exam

Instructors & Support

Dr. Beverly Smith

Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for more than 24 years. She also holds a Master of Business Administration and founded a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Throughout her career, Smith has taught many future opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and fellow optometrists. Her work has been published in the professional journals New O.D. and Women in Optometry.

Wade Lindenberger
Wade Lindenberger is a CPA with over 20 years of financial accounting and management experience in public accounting and private industry. He is currently Director of Finance and Administration for New Children's Museum. Before his current position, he worked as the National Finance and Accounting Service Line Leader for Premier Alliance Group, a national professional services firm. Wade was also Director of the Finance and Accounting service line for the San Diego office of a global, publicly held professional services firm. Before becoming a consultant, Wade was Divisional Controller for one of the leading health and fitness club chains in the world. He has also been Internal Audit Manager and Divisional Controller for a division of a Fortune 500 global energy project management company. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the "Big Four" CPA firms. He has previously served as an instructor for courses at Coopers & Lybrand and at the University of California at San Diego for the Extension Course and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Business. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Bookkeepers' Advisory Board.
Tracy Berry

Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts.

She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.

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There are no prerequisites to take this course. However a high school diploma or GED is required to take the ABO exam. 


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can only be taken on a PC. A Mac is not supported.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 Suite (not included in enrollment).
  • Quickbooks 2018 (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following materials will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, by Clifford W. Brooks and Irvin Borish
  • The Optician Training Manual, by David S. McCleary
  • All About Your Eyes, by Jennifer S. Weizer and Sharon Fekrat
  • Bookkeeping Made Simple
  • The QuickBooks 2018 (PC) software

Manuals are included as downloadable PDFs throughout the course.

More About

After successfully completing this course, you will possess the knowledge required to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam. However, we do recommend researching your state’s requirements prior to pursuing a career as an optician. While some states only require a high school diploma or GED and passing score on the ABO exam to fulfill licensing requirements, others have their own optician licensing exams. Additionally, some states may require that opticians complete an apprenticeship course or degree program in order to become licensed.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

In this online course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself to become an optician and prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification. Upon completion this course, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive eighteen (18) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

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