Nevada is one of only twenty-three states that require optician licensing by law. Official rules and regulations regarding optician training requirements, licensing, and certification are established by the Nevada Board of Dispensing Opticians. The following information will be important to you if you are hoping to be licensed as an optician in the state of Nevada.
Nevada State Opticianry Law:
A person shall not engage in the practice of ophthalmic dispensing or manage a business engaged in ophthalmic dispensing without holding a valid, active license.
General Eligibility Requirements:
- At least 18 years of age
- Of good moral character
- A citizen of the United States, or is lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States
- A graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent
Technical Skills and Training Requirements:
- Successfully completed a course of instruction on the fitting of contact lenses
- Completed at least 100 hours of training and experience in the fitting of and filling of prescriptions for contact lenses under the direct supervision of a licensed dispensing optician, a licensed ophthalmologist, or a licensed optometrist
- Has completed at least one of the following…
- Served as an apprentice dispensing optician for not less than 3 years in an optical establishment where prescriptions for spectacles or contact lenses are fitted and filled and has passed an educational program on the theory of ophthalmic dispensing
- Successfully completed an associates degree in ophthalmic dispensing approved by the Board and has had 1 year of ophthalmic experience as an apprentice dispensing optician under the direct supervision of a licensed dispensing optician, licensed ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist
Opticianry Degree Programs:
The College of Southern Nevada, located in Las Vegas, offers a 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing. This program only admits 15 students each year and it is recommended that you strictly adhere to deadlines when submitting your application. The admissions committee will be looking at whether you attended their Health Programs Orientation as well as previous education, ophthalmic related work experience, community service, and prior college courses.
You can learn more about admission requirements by clicking here. The college has also created a list of essential functions of ophthalmic dispensing students. You will be required to be able to perform these functions in order to be admitted. Click Here to view the list.
Individuals interested in applying to this program are strongly encourage to complete the tasks outlined on the new student checklist.
- The National Opticianry Competency Examination administered by the American Board of Opticianry
- The National Contact Lens Registry Examination administered by the National Contact Lens Examiners
- A nationally standardized practical examination approved by the Board
- The practical examination is administered twice each year. The exam dates, application deadlines, location, and study guides can be found here
Fees and Forms:
- Application for Licensing, $350
- Apprentice License, $100
- Renewal Application, $300
- Apprentice Renewal Application, $50
State Contact Information:
Phone: (775) 853-1421
Fax: (775) 853-1408
State of Nevada Board of Dispensing Opticians
5565 Wedgewood Circle
Sparks, NV 89436