C O L L A B O R AT I O N
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
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.