A licensed dispensing optician (LDO) can be described as a visual pharmacist who fills the written prescription orders of ophthalmologists and optometrists. The Opticianry associate degree program teaches students how to fabricate prescription lenses, from semi-finished lens blanks, to be inserted into fashionable eyewear worn by the patient. Adjusting and fitting eyewear as well as frame selection and dispensing are also part of the curriculum. The Opticianry program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of opticianry management. Graduates of the program receive an Opticianry associate degree.