The American Optician

Winter 2017

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1 5 C O L L A B O R AT I O N T he Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) is a not-for-prof it organization that accredits two- year opticianry degree programs and one-year ophthalmic laboratory technology certif icate programs in the United States and its territories. It is is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. The COA has chosen to participate in the opticianry collaboration forum that meets twice a year because it believes in the advancement of opticians in the United States. There simply are not enough opticianry programs in this country, and the COA is working with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) to develop new programs. The COA feels the need to be aware of the discussion taking place regarding future educational standards for opticians, as well as to ensure that formal education for opticianry remains in the forefront at these meetings. The f irst collaboration meeting the COA participated in was attended by Doug Nunes, who was COA Chair at that time. John Godert, current Vice Chair of the COA, has recently attended on behalf of the Commission. It is COA's intention to continue being part of these meetings. COA publishes a list of accredited programs that meet the accreditation standards. You can f ind that and other information on the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation on their website . Formed in 1973, the COA is comprised of 12 Commissioners appointed by the National Academy of Opticianry, Opticians Association of America, National Federation of Opticianry Schools, and two public members. Learn more about the COA here . Debra White is the Director of Accreditation for the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation. Advancing Opticianry

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