UPDATE: “A new state law, Senate Bill 202, was recently passed by the Texas Legislature. The new law becomes effective September 1, 2015. State law will no longer require a license issued by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Opticians“
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Texas is one of only twenty-three states that require optician licensing by law. Rules and regulations regarding optician training requirements, licensing, and certification are established by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The following information will be relevant to you if you are wanting to be licensed as an optician in the state of Texas. Texas State Opticianry Law: A person may not represent to the public that the person is a “Registered Dispensing Optician” or “Registered Spectacle Dispenser” unless the person is registered as a spectacle dispensing optician. A person may not represent to the public that the person is a “Registered Contact Lens Dispenser” or “Registered Contact Lens Technician” unless the person is registered as a contact lens dispenser.
Opticianry Degree Programs:
Tyler Junior College, located in Tyler, offers a 2-year Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Vision Care Technology. This program requires a minimum of 70 credit hours, with 54 of those representing major technical areas and 16 representing general academic course work. All technical courses much be completed with a grade of “C” or better. For a detailed list of program courses, click here.
State Contact Information:
Phone: (512) 834-6661
Fax: (512) 834-6677
Texas Department of State Health Services MC-1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347
Web Site: Texas State Opticians’ Registry
State Association: Opticians Association of Texas
State Association: Certified Opticians Association of Texas