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Criteria for Program Selection


Students begin the Vision Care Technology/Opticianry Program in August of each year. A total of 72 credits must be completed for this degree. The required general education courses are an important part of the program. Since admissions are competitive and enrollment is limited, it is strongly recommended that these general education courses be completed before applying to the program as this will improve your chances of being admitted, although taking these courses in advance does not guarantee admission.  Meeting the admissions requirements does not guarantee program acceptance. For this reason, the following criteria are used to determine which applicants will be admitted: (Please note that there is no waiting list).

      1. Cumulative GPA
      2. Completion of the following courses:

Course Number Course Title

Required Credits




HSC 0003

Introduction to Health Care

3 credits (CTE)

Eligibility to register for the following courses during the first semester in program:

ENC1101 English Composition I 3 credits (CTE)


Intermediate Algebra

3 credits (CTE)*

*Required course for the program is MAC1105, however, placement in MAT1033 is sufficient for enrollment.
Florida residents will be given preference over non-residents. Final acceptance will be based on the submission of all required documents received at the mandatory program orientation session.

Transfer Students

If you have previously attended any college or university other than Miami Dade College, you must arrange for that institution to send official transcripts to the Admission’s Office at the Medical Campus by May 1st for an August acceptance.

Students who have attended foreign colleges must submit original transcripts and a certified English translation before February 1st to the Registrar at the Medical Campus for evaluation. For details, please call 305-237-4141. Students who have attended a foreign allied health or nursing program should consult the Miami Dade College catalog for more information about how to have their transcripts, diplomas, and credentials evaluated for U.S. equivalency.

All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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